Livingstone Mouse

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When the time comes for Livingstone Mouse to find a nest of his own, he wants it to be in the best place. I have heard that China is very nice," his mom says. But where is China? Could it be in a noisy cupboard? A smelly old shoe? A picnic basket? Can a small mouse find China all by himself? Livingstone isn't sure, but he is determined to find out.

Pamela Duncan Edwards' endearing story of a mouse with a mission is beautifully brought to life by Henry Cole's lively ...

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Overview

When the time comes for Livingstone Mouse to find a nest of his own, he wants it to be in the best place. I have heard that China is very nice," his mom says. But where is China? Could it be in a noisy cupboard? A smelly old shoe? A picnic basket? Can a small mouse find China all by himself? Livingstone isn't sure, but he is determined to find out.

Pamela Duncan Edwards' endearing story of a mouse with a mission is beautifully brought to life by Henry Cole's lively illustrations. Livingstone is a hero who will captivate and delight his audience.

An explorer mouse in search of China discovers that he must be careful to choose a new home that does not offend his sense of smell, sight, hearing, taste, or touch.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Rae Valabek
A small mouse is searching for a home. He asks his mother where the greatest place in the world is located. She says she's heard that China is very nice. Livingstone then sets off to search for China. He travels and explores many places receiving advice from other creatures. He finally finds a teapot that a bat tells him is China. He builds his nest and lives happily ever after. The clever illustrations are from the mouse's perspective. For example, a tennis shoe is described as a "tall white shape rising majestically into the air."
School Library Journal
PreS-KA one-joke book with a predictable plot. Livingstone is an explorer, and when his mother decides it's time for her children to leave the nest, he sets out for an exotic locale. His mother's remark that "China is very nice" is initially mysterious, but in fact is the set-up for the eventual punch line. After rejecting a variety of spots too noisy, smelly, spicy, dangerous, bright and meeting a number of other creatures, Livingstone finally settles down in a broken teapot in a field where he lives happily ever after. While the illustrations are appealing and the story has some promise, problems with the presentation abound. The intended audience is unlikely to understand either the significance of Livingstone's name or the connection between China and a teapot. Flaws also exist within the illustrations. The faces of both mice and rats seem oddly rounded, more like kangaroos than rodents, while the picture accompanying a rat's description of damage done to his tail by a trap does not adequately reflect the text. Also, it is unclear why a raccoon wanders by, since the initial action takes place indoors. Many other books with similar themes and/or more appealing mice make Edwards and Cole's expedition one that most libraries won't miss.Lisa Dennis, The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780064435086
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/28/1998
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 851,504
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.07 (d)

Meet the Author

Pamela Duncan Edwards is the author of numerous popular picture books, including Livingstone Mouse; Roar! A Noisy Counting Book; Some Smug Slug; The Worrywarts; Clara Caterpillar; Wake-Up Kisses; Rosie's Roses; The Leprechaun's Gold; and Gigi and Lulu's Gigantic Fight, all illustrated by Henry Cole; as well as Dear Tooth Fairy, illustrated by Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick; McGillycuddy Could!, illustrated by Sue Porter; and The Neat Line, illustrated by Diana Cain Bluthenthal. She lives in Virginia.

Henry Cole is the celebrated illustrator of many books for children, including the Bad Boys series by Margie Palatini, and is also the author and illustrator of the novel A Nest for Celeste.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2005

    Memories

    I remember reading this book in kintergarden, it was at the book fair and the librarian read it to us. I remember loving it so buy it for young children or childish adults.It is a wonderful story about a mouse who tries to move (like I said for little children) But it is a charming story with a mouse with a leaf on his head.

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