Dot & Jabber and the Mystery of the Missing Stream

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Last night the rain poured down. Today the stream is empty! Where did the water go? It's a good thing Dot and Jabber are on the case--these mouse detectives love mysteries. Their scrambling search upstream leads to funny encounters with a puddle full of minnows and a snake . . . and to lots of clues. But can the detectives figure out just how those clues fit together?
Ellen Stoll Walsh, creator of the popular Mouse Paint mice, brings us this companion book to Dot & Jabber ...
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Overview


Last night the rain poured down. Today the stream is empty! Where did the water go? It's a good thing Dot and Jabber are on the case--these mouse detectives love mysteries. Their scrambling search upstream leads to funny encounters with a puddle full of minnows and a snake . . . and to lots of clues. But can the detectives figure out just how those clues fit together?
Ellen Stoll Walsh, creator of the popular Mouse Paint mice, brings us this companion book to Dot & Jabber and the Great Acorn Mystery. An afterword presents easy-to-understand facts about storms and dams.

Two mice investigate why the stream dried up after a big storm.

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"Dot and Jabber are the perfect mice to lead young readers in exploring the great outdoors."--Kirkus Reviews
Publishers Weekly
When, after a rainstorm, the stream is empty, the eponymous mouse detectives forage for clues in Dot & Jabber and the Mystery of the Missing Stream by Ellen Stoll Walsh, the follow-up to Dot & Jabber and the Great Acorn Mystery. Mixed-media collage brings the mice to life; an endnote explains storms and dams. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-When the streambed dries up after a storm, the adorable detective mice set out to find the cause. Collecting clues of sticks and leaves, the young heroes ultimately discover what they suspected-a dam built up from the fallen debris. Parading as a simple picture book, this story unobtrusively demonstrates logic, deduction, and problem-solving skills, and teaches a little science along the way. Well-composed cut-paper collages in natural hues illustrate this mystery; the last page enlightens readers about storms and dams. Walsh successfully combines science and good storytelling to create a clever tale that will serve as a good discussion starter.-Be Astengo, Alachua County Library, Gainesville, FL Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
They’re baaaack! Those cute and clever mouse detectives from Dot & Jabber and the Great Acorn Mystery (2001) set off to investigate why the stream has dried up after a big storm. Minnows, crayfish, and a snake contribute to the clues. The dialogue is natural and nuanced with childlike simplicity: "We’ve never looked for lost water before"; and "How can a stick make water go away?" The answer, of course, is a beaver-like dam ("only without the beavers") and when it bursts, the mice decide: "Let’s put some of the clues together and make a raft to take us home." Walsh’s signature collage illustrations work perfectly with the story, adding touches of texture. The book is nicely designed with attractive batik-like endpapers, quality paper, glossy color finish, and a size appropriate for the age group. The last page provides "More about Storms and Dams." Walsh has crafted an outstanding combination of preschool/kindgergarten story with nature information. Hopefully, Dot and Jabber are lining up more mysteries to add to this excellent stream of informative titles for young minds. (Picture book. 3-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780152165123
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 9/28/2002
  • Series: Dot & Jabber Series
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 7.96 (h) x 0.10 (d)

Meet the Author


ELLEN STOLL WALSH is the author-illustrator of many popular books for children, including the enormously popular Mouse Paint and Mouse Count. She lives in upstate New York.
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