A Brand-New Day with Mouse and Moleby Wong Herbert Yee
Mole is having a very bad morning. His pants have holes in them. So do his shirts. What could be the cause of all these holes? Turns out, moths make holes in clothes, and that makes Mole very grumpy. So Mouse does what a good friend should do and takes Mole on a trip to the store. There, Mole realizes all of his clothes are OLD. And what's NEW is in. What is a reluctant-to-change Mole going to do? The latest adventure of Mouse and Mole shows that sometimes it's fun to try something new . . . and sometimes it isn't. But friendship helps make each brand-new day one to look forward to!
Mole is having a bad day-all of his clothes have embarrassing moth holes. He and Mouse decide to go shopping, first stopping for a quick lunch. Beginning readers will be amused and disgusted by Mole's favorite meal, a big serving of lightly fried worms. Finding new duds is challenging because Mole really prefers his old comfortable clothes. Then he finds a shirt he likes and fixes its missing buttons by sewing on acorn caps for a creative solution. In other stories, the two friends go fishing and make a surprising catch, and Mouse surprises Mole with her fix for his moth-eaten garments. With more challenging vocabulary than Arnold Lobel's "Frog and Toad" series (HarperCollins), this third book about these two pals is best suited for newly independent readers who are ready to tackle words like "double," "squeaked," and "shooed." But words like "abracadabra" and "cashier" may cause them to stumble. The stories are light, with simple plots, and the lively and expressive watercolor illustrations add energy and detail. A worthwhile addition to easy-reader collections.-Mary Hazelton, Elementary Schools in Warren & Waldoboro, ME
Meet the Author
Wong Herbert Yee lives in Michigan, where he writes and illustrates books for children including the Mouse and Mole series and the Fireman Small series. For a complete list of books by Wong Herbert Yee, visit www.houghtonmifflinbooks.com. For more information about Wong, visit his Web site at http://hometown.aol.com/wongherbertyee/
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