Full Mouse, Empty Mouse: A Tale of Food and Feelings

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Billy Blue and Sally Rose don't know what to do when their peaceful happy life is upset by humans trying to trap and catch them! Not wanting to bother their parents, Billy Blue eats to push down his distress, while Sally Rose is so anxious she can't nibble a thing. By not expressing their feelings to anyone, their problems seem only to be getting worse until they talk with their Aunt Louise about eating and feelings.

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Billy Blue and Sally Rose don't know what to do when their peaceful happy life is upset by humans trying to trap and catch them! Not wanting to bother their parents, Billy Blue eats to push down his distress, while Sally Rose is so anxious she can't nibble a thing. By not expressing their feelings to anyone, their problems seem only to be getting worse until they talk with their Aunt Louise about eating and feelings.

Full Mouse, Empty Mouse is one of the first books to sensitively address disordered eating for children. This book gently encourages healthy ways to express feelings and is a valuable early education tool on habits that may lead to obesity or eating disorders. Written in engaging verse and alive with rich, full-color illustrations, the book shows children healthy ways to satisfy their hunger and express their emotions.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Mary Hynes-Berry
Given how obesity is a national health threat and the anorexia epidemic, this book issued by the American Psychological Association is an intriguing and very likely effective way to broach the issue of eating disorders. Instead of a full frontal attack, this book calls on metaphor as it does a twist on the old "City Mouse/Country Mouse" fable. In this case, two mouse children respond to the stress that the resident humans campaign against them in opposite ways: one overeats; the other purges. The illustrations are richly colored and show humanly attired mice. The text uses rhymed couplets to set the scene and then to quite explicitly deliver the message that we all need to listen to our bodies and how we often confuse and fail to "Understand the language/of your Tummy and your Heart./ Speak up if you're angry,/Get a hug if you feel scared,/ And if you're sad, just cry those tears,/ ‘Cause feelings should be shared." Eating disorder issues, however, are complex, and this book should be used with care, by someone who is qualified to carry on a discussion that unpacks the metaphor. Reviewer: Mary Hynes-Berry
School Library Journal

Gr 2-4- In this story meant to help children understand eating disorders, two mice respond to social stressors by overeating for comfort or by failing to eat at all. Billy Blue grows fat, while Sally Rose grows thin. They don't want to trouble their parents with problems, but they do eventually confide in an aunt. Expressing their concerns puts them on the path to recovery and healthy eating. The forced nature of the rhyming text detracts from the serious message of the story. "The way for you to be your best?/Get your Heart's words off your chest./Trust your family, don't pretend,/For love will be there in the end." Paintings in an old-fashioned, realistic style match the formal tone of the text. Back matter includes an extensive note to parents, discussion questions, and Internet resources. Because few fictionalized resources exist for eating disorders, this well-intentioned book may find an audience despite the stiff presentation.-Julie R. Ranelli, Queen Anne's County Free Library, Stevensville, MD

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781433801334
  • Publisher: American Psychological Association
  • Publication date: 8/15/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 914,823
  • Age range: 7 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.60 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 0.10 (d)

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