Giant Story/Mouse Tale; A Half Picture Book

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Two ``half picture books'' comprise a wholetwo stories are bound back to back. On one side begins the story of a fearless mouse, and on the other, the tale of a timid giant. The giant is a lonely forest dweller whose heart holds ``no more than a drop of courage,'' and the mouse is a brave creature who is afraid of nothing, not even thunderstorms. They are both in need of a consoling friend; their first meeting occurs in the middle of the forest and appears, literally, in the middle spread of the book. The author of The Cuckoo-Clock Cuckoo offers an excellent composite of 20/20 vision, a palindrome-like structure and topsy-turvy fun. Fuchshuber's daring employment of this unusual concept will capture readers' hearts with its plain message: differences cannot come in the way of good friendships. Lucid paintings capture the mood of the forest and contrast the symmetrical worlds of the very small being with the very large one. Ages 3-7. (April)
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3 Two in one: a double-faceted book with a story starting at each end. Two separate tales appear to start simultaneously yet merge in the book's centerfold. Afraid of everything in the forest, a bumbling giant desperately wants a friend. Meanwhile, a fearless young mouse, avoided by the other woodland creatures because of his mockingly brave attitude, determinedly sets off into the woods in search of a friend. As night falls, each becomes tired and stops to rest in a dark glade. Pleasingly, there is no endingonly a new beginning. The center illustration of the giant sleeping with the mouse asleep in his hand can be the basis of students sharing their views of what will happen when they awaken. Artistically a study in contrasts, the changing perspectives offer a stunning visual journey from the dark forest floor to the bright blue sky through the tree-tops. Russet tones abound in the tree-trunk dominated world of the mouse, yet a myriad of delicate details on the forest floor give a glimpse of the diversity of vegetation. Towering over the trees and looking down into nests of birds, the giant makes the trees appear dwarfish and ornamental. Although the translation is flat and awkward at times, the novelty and beauty of this book will make it a hit in story sessions with young children. Ronald Jobe, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780876143193
  • Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 2/1/1988
  • Series: Picture Bks.
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years

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