Busy Little Mouse

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As Busy Little Mouse hurries outside for the day, he meets a pig, sheep, cow, cat, duck and horse. As his playmates are introduced, they each have something to say -- like oink, baa, moo, meow, quack and neigh! The rhyming text and three-dimensional artwork invite children into a world of color, movement and fun. Busy Little Mouse is sure to become a favorite read-aloud at the end of any busy day.
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Overview

As Busy Little Mouse hurries outside for the day, he meets a pig, sheep, cow, cat, duck and horse. As his playmates are introduced, they each have something to say -- like oink, baa, moo, meow, quack and neigh! The rhyming text and three-dimensional artwork invite children into a world of color, movement and fun. Busy Little Mouse is sure to become a favorite read-aloud at the end of any busy day.
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Eugenie Fernandes’ rhyming text is bright and appealing. Kim Fernandes’ intricate three-dimensional Fimo illustrations are full of life and movement. They also enrich the story with charming visual repetition. This book should prove to be a popular read-aloud story and a hit with its young audience.
Children's Literature
It's early when Little Mouse rushes out to play, "running, bumping, splashing, jumping and scampering." Along the way Little Mouse meets a dog, cat and other farm animals, one leading to the next until Little Mouse returns home. The predictable though unforced rhyme is engaging. Each page concludes with the same question ("What does the...say?") followed by the animal sound as the response presented in bold type (i.e. woof, woof.) At the end of the busy day, Mouse's mother provides a nighttime ritual of book, kiss, lights out and the assurance of love before a comfy "good night." Brightly colored modeling clay was used to craft textured, three dimensional illustrations. They appear on the left side of each double-page spread with a framed portrait of the "speaking" animal inserted on the opposing page above the sound. At the end of the day, as a weary Little Mouse returns home, illustrations extend across the gutter, making home seem even larger and cozier than the outdoors. This carefully crafted book will find many uses including as a bedtime story and as an introduction to animal sounds. 2002, Kids Can Press,
— Maria Salvadore
School Library Journal
PreS-An energetic mouse romps through his day in a lively introduction to the animals of the farm, told in a chain format. The little creature meets the barnyard denizens, hears the noises they make, and continues on his way. At the end of the story, worn out with the excitement of his day, the mouse cuddles up with some of his toy animals. The repetitive verses make it easy for children to anticipate the next animal and sound. However, they are forced into a tight rhyme scheme, and sometimes become stilted in that effort. The Fimo-clay-sculpted illustrations are full of action, and the detail in the characters and landscape invite close inspection. Each picture is packed with texture and life, from the largest calf to the smallest bug. Fernandes has created an entire world in this farm, and children will enjoy exploring it. In spite of some awkward text, this book encourages interaction and is a good choice for toddler storytimes and lap sharing.-Susan Marie Pitard, formerly at Weezie Library for Children, Nantucket Atheneum, MA Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Quill & Quire Starred Review
Eugenie Fernandes’ rhyming text is bright and appealing. Kim Fernandes’ intricate three-dimensional Fimo illustrations are full of life and movement. They also enrich the story with charming visual repetition. This book should prove to be a popular read-aloud story and a hit with its young audience.
The Winnipeg Free Press
Excellent.
Quill & Quire
[Bright and appealing?This book should prove to be a popular read-aloud story and a hit with its young audience.
Booklist
Sculpted from vibrantly colored, extremely pliable modeling material, Kim Fernandes’ imaginative farmyard scenes ebulliently depict a mouse, a dog, a pig, a sheep, and other animals playing together. Spiderwebs in the barn, crops sprouting in the field, are examples of the highly defined details that fill the joyful three-dimensional art. Eugeneie Fernandes, the illustrator’s mother, provides the text of simply structures rhymes, which, with each turn of the page, induct a new animal into the action and invite youngsters to respond aloud ? From calling out each animal’s distinctive sound to discovering the crawling ladybug, mouse’s straw hat, and the diminutive toys the young rodent takes to bed, children will find much to like in this pleasing picture book.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781550747768
  • Publisher: Kids Can Press, Limited
  • Publication date: 3/28/2002
  • Series: Little Mice Ser.
  • Pages: 24
  • Age range: 2 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.95 (d)

Meet the Author

Eugenie Fernandes is an award-winning picture book author and illustrator. Her many works include the Little Mouse series, Earth Magic, One Hen and Kitten's Spring. She lives in southern Ontario.

Kim Fernandes is an award-winning children's book author and illustrator. Her books include Sleepy Little Mouse and Busy Little Mouse. She lives in southern Ontario.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2004

    My daughter requests this book every night!

    My 2 1/2 year old daughter absolutely loves this book. She loves to make the noises of all the animals and find all the items in the very creative and life-like pictures to the story. I had a hard time getting her to sit through an entire book and this one did it! She sits through it over and over and over! Now she'll sit through any book.

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