Mouse and Mole: A Winter Wonderland

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Yippee! It is a winter wonderland! What better day for Mouse and Mole to go sledding, whirl around on ice skates, and build snowmen together?

But Mole does not want to go outside. Too cold! Too windy! He prefers to stay as snug as a bug in a rug inside his nice, warm bed.

Mouse is lonely. Ice skating and sledding just aren’t as fun for one. Then she gets an idea…a Sno-Mole might do the trick! Mole won’t be ...

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Overview

Yippee! It is a winter wonderland! What better day for Mouse and Mole to go sledding, whirl around on ice skates, and build snowmen together?

But Mole does not want to go outside. Too cold! Too windy! He prefers to stay as snug as a bug in a rug inside his nice, warm bed.

Mouse is lonely. Ice skating and sledding just aren’t as fun for one. Then she gets an idea…a Sno-Mole might do the trick! Mole won’t be needing his hat or scarf or mittens…or will he?

Sometimes even best friends want to do different things. But at the end of a cold winter’s day, it's nice to know that your best friend will be there waiting for you, with warm mittens and all.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Yee continues his Mouse and Mole series with another winning installment....As in the series' previous titles, catchy rhymes, brisk dialogue, onomatopoeic sounds, and winsome ink and watercolor illustrations will easily draw new readers to this seasonal, episodic friendship story."—Gillian Engberg, Booklist

"Young readers will likely enjoy the simple irony and straightforward plot, while the many color illustrations reinforce the action and help them in in their transition to beginning chapter books."—School Library Journal

Mouse and Mole, Fine Feathered Friends

A 2010 Theodore Seuss Geisel Honor Award Winner

A Brand New Day with Mouse and Mole

"The stories are light, with simple plots, and the lively and expressive watercolor illustrations add energy and detail. A worthwhile addition to easy-reader collections."—School Library Journal

Abracadabra! Magic with Mouse and Mole

*"These two are a lovely addition to the pantheon of easy-reader pals."—School Library Journal, starred review

"The friendly, cooperative tone of the text is reminiscent of the Frog and Toad series." – Kirkus

"[T]he artwork nicely reinforces the story's action, the closeness between friends, and shared wonder in nature's magic."— Booklist

Upstairs Mouse, Downstairs Mole

"The expressive bamboo-pen and watercolor with colored-pencil illustrations capture the humor of the situations as well as the emotions of the characters. With its controlled vocabulary, repetition, and humor, this tale of friendship also introduces opposites, homophones, and letter writing. A real winner."—School Library journal

"Kids will become more proficient at reading and also come away with a lesson in friendship."—Booklist

Children's Literature - Leona Illig
What do you do when your best friend does not want to go out and play? Mouse wants to take advantage of a new winter snow by sledding, skating, and building snowmen. Mole, however, would prefer to stay in bed. So Mouse decides to go out and play on her own. She has fun for a while, but she misses her friend. Then she gets an idea—why not make a "sno-mole" in the image of her friend? Soon Mouse is playing with her sno-mole and having fun again. Meanwhile, Mole has begun to miss his friend and opens his door to look for her. When he sees her being followed by a stranger, he goes out to save her, only to discover that the stranger is her friend who, it turns out, looks just like him. Mole understands that Mouse has missed him, and he, in turn, decides to make a "sno-mouse" just like here. Mouse laughs at his snowy creation, and all four of them twirl on the ice. When playtime is over, they go back inside. Sitting in the warmth of their home, both Mouse and Mole agree that wintertime is indeed wonderful. Young children are likely to enjoy reading this story, with its repetition of letters and frequent use of rhymes. The illustrations are whimsical and serve to reinforce the story, a technique that will also help children who are beginning to read on their own. Parents who are teaching their children to read, however, may object to the spelling of the word "snow" in the phrases "sno-mole" and "sno-mouse." Reviewer: Leona Illig
School Library Journal
Gr 1–3—Filled with onomatopoeia, repetition, and the occasional rhyme, this installment offers another tale of friendship. Mouse ventures out into the snow to play while Mole stays warm in bed. Lonely Mouse builds her own playmate, Sno-Mole, whom she drags behind her on a sled to ice skate. Mole awakes just in time to see Mouse and her new companion heading down the path and becomes jealous. He bundles up and follows the pair to the pond where he tries to show off in front of Sno-Mole, but instead clumsily topples its head. When silly Mole recognizes his unfounded jealousy, he builds a Sno-Mouse to be Sno-Mole's best friend. Part Holly Hobbie's Toot and Puddle and part Arnold Lobel's Frog and Toad, Mouse and Mole display the endearing qualities of an enduring friendship. As this circular story unravels, it turns back to where it started, with similar wording, a familiar setting, and the same actions from its characters. Young readers will likely enjoy the simple irony and straightforward plot, while the many color illustrations reinforce the action and help them in in their transition to beginning chapter books.—Lindsay Persohn, Crystal Lake Elementary, Lakeland, FL
Kirkus Reviews

Yee follows his Geisel Honoree Mouse and Mole: Fine Feathered Friends (2009) with a four-chapter story told through controlled text and charming litho-pencil–and-gouache illustrations characterized by gentle humor and great warmth in the characters' relationship, if not in their snowy surroundings. Mouse is delighted by a fresh snowfall and rushes to her friend's house to invite him out to play. Mole thinks that "[b]ed is the place to be on a day like this," and is none too pleased to be disturbed. Undaunted, Mouse ventures out into the "winter wonderland" and builds a Sno-Mole to keep her company. Bored Mole eventually joins her and later builds a Sno-Mouse of his own. After much fun together: "I feel like a Mouse-cicle," says Mouse, and Mole responds, "I feel like a Mole-cicle." The bundled-up friends against the wintry background make an endearing complement to the quiet humor of the story. The vignettes are sprinkled throughout, breaking up the lines of text and giving young eyes a place to rest as they work. A tea-and-cookie retreat provides a cozy ending to a splendid beginning reader. (Early reader. 5-8)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780547576978
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 12/6/2011
  • Series: A Mouse and Mole Story Series
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 261,970
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Lexile: 410L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Wong Herbert Yee lives in Michigan, where he writes and illustrates books for children including the Mouse and Mole series and the Fireman Small series. For a complete list of books by Wong Herbert Yee, visit www.houghtonmifflinbooks.com. For more information about Wong, visit his Web site at http://hometown.aol.com/wongherbertyee/

Wong Herbert Yee lives in Michigan, where he writes and illustrates books for children including the Mouse and Mole series and the Fireman Small series. For a complete list of books by Wong Herbert Yee, visit www.houghtonmifflinbooks.com. For more information about Wong, visit his Web site at http://hometown.aol.com/wongherbertyee/

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