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A Brand-New Day with Mouse and Mole

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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 ...
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Overview

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!
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Vicki Foote
In this latest adventure of Mouse and Mole, Mole finds that he has holes in his clothes, and moths fly out of his dresser drawers. Mouse comes over and suggests that they go to eat lunch and then go shopping for new clothes. The next chapter finds them at lunch, and then they shop. Mole eventually decides to buy a shirt with fish on it, but it is missing one button, and then he buys some green pants. When Mole gets home, he takes off the old buttons and sews acorn hats on instead. He goes fishing with Mouse, and after much ado, they get something on their line. The line breaks in two and they tumble overboard. They save themselves, and then each does something nice for the other. Mouse sews patches on Mole's old clothes, and Mole makes a swing for Mouse from an old tire. A nice friendship with comfortable situations helps make this book enjoyable. Simple sentences and several small illustrations also help to make it a good book for children who have just learned to read. Reviewer: Vicki Foote
School Library Journal

Gr 1-2

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

Children's Literature - Nancy Garhan Attebury
Mole gets up, dresses for a new day, and suddenly he feels a draft! But what is causing it? His front door is shut; his back door is shut, too. Then Mole discovers he has a hole in his pants and in his shirt. A check of his dresser drawers yields some culprits—moths. Fortunately, his friend Mouse comes by and helps him get rid of the moths. Once Mole wraps a scarf around his middle to hide the hole, it's off to the town for lunch and to buy Mole new clothes. Mole and Mouse soon learn that "what's new is in" and that they can create their own ways of doing things. This book contains a great deal of age-appropriate humor as well as depicting the give and take of a good friendship. Readers can relate to the issues, the humor, and will enjoy the animal characters. Delightful illustrations add to this level 3 reader meant to reinforce reading skills for students ready to read a longer text with an enriched vocabulary. The engaging book, from the "Green Light Readers" series, works well for independent reading.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780618966769
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 9/1/2008
  • Series: A Mouse and Mole Story Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Lexile: 350L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.13 (d)

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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