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One day Adam Mouse decides to put aside his fear of leaving home and visit his friend Amanda, who is a city mouse. And what a day they have! He has a fast ride in a Silver Racer, visits the public library for the first time, and has a good look at the wide (and noisy) world beyond the quiet farm where he lives. Best of all, Adam discovers that the little notes he jotted to his friend Amanda are poetry, and that he is a poet!

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Overview

One day Adam Mouse decides to put aside his fear of leaving home and visit his friend Amanda, who is a city mouse. And what a day they have! He has a fast ride in a Silver Racer, visits the public library for the first time, and has a good look at the wide (and noisy) world beyond the quiet farm where he lives. Best of all, Adam discovers that the little notes he jotted to his friend Amanda are poetry, and that he is a poet!

Adam and Junius, two country mice, go for a visit to the city, where Adam despairs when his dear friend admits he might like to stay.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The city mouse/country mouse story is enhanced with a gentle lesson on friendship. Ages 6-9. (June)
Children's Literature
A sense of place—two very different places—is conveyed when Adam Mouse travels to the city to visit his pen-pal friend, Amanda Mouse. Adam is content in the country, where he lives in a field near the farmer's vegetable garden. However, encouraged by his friend Junius Mouse and a letter from Amanda, he finally agrees to go with Junius to the city. Among other adventures, Amanda takes Adam on a surprise visit to the library where she helps him realize that he is a poet. (The story is peppered with Adam's short poems that show his fondness for the country.) Children will enjoy reading Adam's thoughts and watching the excitement, danger and fun he experiences by going to a new place. Surely children can identify with the anxieties that come with facing something new. Through context, words such as exasperated, dazzled, remorseful and dignified are made clear to the reader. The author uses just enough internal monologue (Adam's) to prepare children for longer chapter books. The description, not too heavy, combines with pencil drawings to help children imagine the world from a mouse's perspective. It's a world in which a big bridge is a "great shining web hanging in the air." The story shows readers that it is okay to be nervous about unfamiliar places, which they can learn to like or at least to accept. This is a "Ready-for-Chapters" book with nine chapters. Would Amanda enjoy a visit to the country, to those "miles of open space...where it's so wild and lonely?" That's covered in the sequel. 2001, Aladdin Paperbacks/Simon & Schuster, $3.99. Ages 7 to 11. Reviewer: Todd Moning
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Gr 2-5 Adam Mouse, a self-pro claimed country fellow who thinks in poetic images, is reluctant to accompa ny his adventuresome friend, Junius , on weekly trips to the city. After Adam begins writing his ``thinking- aloud ideas'' to city pen pal Amanda, he agrees to leave the peace of the fa miliar farm just for a day. Among his city adventures is a trip to the public library, where Amanda helps him real ize that he is a poet and that poets are important people. All of the characters are deftly developed, particularly Adam. ``You do make a fellow look twice, Adam,'' says his friend, Junius, upon hearing one of Adam's poems. The spare poetic text is a perfect ac companiment to Adam's poetry, which is interspersed throughout the story. Reminiscent of Randall Jarrell's The Bat-Poet (Macmillan, 1964), this has masterful writing that manages to achieve a charming simplicity while making profound statements about the human condition. It will also be en joyed as a lively animal fantasy. Car oline Ward, Nassau Library System, Uniondale, N.Y.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780553157055
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 5/1/1989
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 80
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Lexile: 550L (what's this?)

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