School Library JournalK-Gr 3-A gentle photo-essay recording the adoption and maturation of an orphaned deer mouse. Rescued by children and placed in a white-footed mouse's nest (conveniently located in a nearby barn and fully furnished with foster siblings of a like age and a healthy nursing female), the deer mouse is cared for by her foster mother. The rest of the slim, attractive book records the creature's development, her risk-full life, and the birth of her own first litter. The simple, easy-to-read text is embellished with large, clear, full-color photographs. A final four-page question-and-answer segment provides further information on these tiny, bright-eyed inhabitants of forests, fields, barns, and backyards.-Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY
April JudgeAlthough it starts out as a fictional account of an orphaned wild deer mouse, this informative work of nonfiction describes in detail the physical characteristics, life cycle, habits, and enemies of this particular species of mouse. The readable text is accompanied by engaging, well-suited full-color photographs. In a question-and-answer format, additional information about the furry animal extends the facts presented in the text. Young children, especially those who like small furry animals, will enjoy this and find it useful for assignments.
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