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Overview

Once there was
an inside mouse and
an outside mouse.
One day they both
went on a trip. They
traveled up, down,
across, around,
through, between,
behind, over, and under,
until they finally met
in the middle.
Hello!

Are they old friends?
Or new friends?
Did they just meet
today?
Or do they visit
every day?
And what do you think
might happen next
to the inside mouse
and the outside mouse?


About the Author:
Lindsay Barrett George was born in the West Indies and grew up in New Jersey. She received a B.F.A. degree from Manhattanville College, and an M.F.A. degree from the University of Wisconsin, where she majored in drawing and printmaking. After her studies in the Midwest, Lindsay returned to the east coast and worked as a fine-art printer in New York City. She later got a job in publishing, working as a designer in a children's book department, and was married to William T. George. Lindsay left New York City, had two children, and now spends her time creating children's books.

From the Author:

"When I was a little girl, my favorite pastimes were looking at things, drawing them, and making up stories about them," Lindsay Barrett George says. "My art has always been about the familiar things that I find inside my house or outside my front door. I have been fascinated by pillows, chocolate Kisses, tea bags, dogs, family, friends, and food. Writing and illustrating children's books never seemed a possibility until Bill and I raised a family in Pennsylvania. We lived out in the woods in a log cabin on a lake. I spent a lot of timewalking and looking and sketching the animals, the trees, the rocks, and the mountains. The next step was obvious-why not write about them, paint them?

"I like to show children places they might not have seen before, and, perhaps, to make them see more than just the surface of things. The paintings that I make and the stories that I write represent what I think about and care about. I hope my books connect me to children who want to stop and look at the same things that I find fascinating."

Two mice, one who sleeps inside the house in a clock and one who sleeps outside the house in a stump, follow complicated but strangely parallel paths and meet each other at a window.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
PW said, "George employs her always impressive talent for detail to marvelous effect in this story of two mice whose lives run on parallel tracks-one inside a house, the other outside-until they meet at a window," said PW. Ages 3-up. (Mar.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3-A narrator introduces readers to two mice: "Inside my house there is a mouse,/Outside my house there is a mouse." The inside mouse sleeps in an old-fashioned clock, while the outside mouse snuggles in a tree stump. Line by line, with side-by-side, full-page illustrations, the story unfolds, tracing each mouse's journey from its home to the window of the house, where the two meet face to face, one looking out and one looking in, and say "Hello." Gouache paintings in breathtaking colors create zoom-lens views of each of the not-so-different worlds of these two creatures. The pictures are packed with interesting details just waiting to be explored. The simple text, presented in a large typeface at the bottom of the pages, compares and contrasts the animals' environments and lifestyles. The overall effect is mesmerizing, and the intriguing parallels will capture readers' imaginations. This creative book makes a great choice for sharing aloud and for independent reading. It's also an excellent tool for teaching the concept of compare/contrast.-Wanda Meyers-Hines, Ridgecrest Elementary School, Huntsville, AL Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A house mouse, who sleeps inside a clock, and a field mouse, who sleeps inside a stump, travel corresponding routes to greet each other at either side of the house window. Both the brief text and the full-bleed gouache paintings are parallel, offering the repetition and predictability that is especially appealing to young children. Though the story is slight, the concept is cleverly engaging with the next-to-last spreads depicting the overall route each mouse has taken to reach the window sill. George demonstrates her usual command of her medium; her delicate line perfectly suits the mouse's-eye view of house and garden (the house mouse passes under the nose of a large dozing dog while the field mouse passes a squirrel, all finely detailed). The occasional striking perspective focuses attention. With its large format, clear illustrations, and the most appealing mice readers have ever seen, this will be popular for both group and individual sharing. (Picture book. 3-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060004675
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/30/2004
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 3 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 11.50 (h) x 0.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Lindsay Barrett George is widely recognized for her striking illustrations of animals, birds, and fish in their habitats. She is the author-illustrator of Maggie’s Ball; Alfred Digs; The Secret; Inside Mouse, Outside Mouse; In the Garden: Who’s Been Here?; and four other Who’s Been Here? titles.

Lindsay Barrett George lives in northeastern Pennsylvania with her dog, two cats, and a very handsome duck.

Lindsay Barrett George is widely recognized for her striking illustrations of animals, birds, and fish in their habitats. She is the author-illustrator of Maggie’s Ball; Alfred Digs; The Secret; Inside Mouse, Outside Mouse; In the Garden: Who’s Been Here?; and four other Who’s Been Here? titles.

Lindsay Barrett George lives in northeastern Pennsylvania with her dog, two cats, and a very handsome duck.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2006

    Many great surprises in this book!

    My children got a chance to meet with the author at our local library. She is funny and a great storyteller. This is a wonderful book, it shows children a intresting way to explore inside and outside! A wonderful idea :The library set up props just like the book, the children got to go through a maze that was exactly like the book. The went insde, over, under etc. They loved it! Oh almost forgot, she made the children mouse ears some brown and some grey! Fun, Fun, Fun, book!!

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