Mouse and Mole: Fine Feathered Friends

Mouse and Mole: Fine Feathered Friends

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A Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Book
 
It is a blustery spring day, and Mouse and Mole are very excited. They are going to go bird watching! They are planning to make bird books! Mouse and Mole pack paper and crayons and hurry outside. It turns out, birds are not so easy to watch. Splashing in puddles scare them away. Stepping on crunchy

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A Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Book
 
It is a blustery spring day, and Mouse and Mole are very excited. They are going to go bird watching! They are planning to make bird books! Mouse and Mole pack paper and crayons and hurry outside. It turns out, birds are not so easy to watch. Splashing in puddles scare them away. Stepping on crunchy leaves does too.

Mole rubs his snout. Mouse twirls her tail. Together, they come up with a plan to get closer to the birds. A plan that includes glue and feathers . . .

Join Mouse and Mole on another high-flying adventure in which teamwork, brainstorming, and good ideas always make for a fun day out!

Editorial Reviews

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A Theodore Seuss Geisel Honor Award Winner!!

Praise for 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

Praise for Abracadabra! Magic with Mouse and Mole

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

"Frequent, small frames resembling comic-book cells are sprinkled among the full-page illustrations, pulling the reader forward. Warm nighttime charcoal-and-gouache hues make the magic of Mouse's natural world warm and inviting to new readers."—Kirkus Reviews

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

Praise for 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

"In their latest round of endearing adventures, best pals Mouse and Mole suit up excitedly for a day of springtime bird-watching, but before they can focus their binoculars, each of their subjects flies away. Compromising and cooperating are the themes as the friends find elaborate, creative solutions to their problems and make a final project that celebrates their individual talents. Once again, transitional readers will enjoy the well-paced text’s wordplay (including lots of puns); the gentle, realistic friendship conflicts; and the ink-and-watercolor artwork that captures the story’s humor, action, and feeling."— Gillian Engberg, Booklist

Children's Literature - Vicki Foote
This is the fourth book about best friends Mouse and Mole.. This time they are attempting to sketch birds but they encounter several problems. When they are all set to draw a bird, he flies away. They find a cardinal, a goldfinch, and a blue jay, but they all fly away at the slightest noise. Mouse has an idea, so the next day they cut up some clothes, put glue on the clothes they are wearing, and roll in the pieces of cloth. Now that they think they look like birds, they decide that they need to build a nest. After many cooperative attempts, they finally sit in the nest and are able to sketch the birds without having them fly away. The story provides lots of examples of how Mouse and Mole help and appreciate each other by exchanging compliments and high fives. The references to the types of birds and their sounds add educational value to the text. The last chapter shows how Mole has strengths as an artist and how Mouse is good at writing poetry. A very cooperative conclusion to the story happens when Mouse and Mole put a book together and call it "Fine Feathered Friends." Small illustrations on each page fit the story well. Reviewer: Vicki Foote
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—Mouse and Mole, who are reminiscent of Arnold Lobel's Frog and Toad, share an interest in birds. It's spring, when the birds come back, so they set out with their binoculars, sketch pad, and crayons to find them. When they attempt to draw them, the startled creatures fly away, and the plot builds to a hilarious climax when the two friends improvise a plan to attract them. Simple text and italicized words as Mouse and Mole identify the birds and mimic their songs are closely supported by small, colorful illustrations. The sunlit, warm days of the season are suggested by the light pastel, water-based gouache illustrations of the cartoonlike characters and setting details that are lightly outlined by lithograph pencil. This adventure incorporates themes of cooperation, teamwork, and achieving a common goal through combined creativity and talents. The themes and inherent lessons will resonate with primary-grade students, who will flock to this easy reader. Younger children will enjoy listening to the story.—Monica Fleche, Union Public Library, NJ

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780547519777
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
05/23/2011
Series:
A Mouse and Mole Story Series
Pages:
48
Sales rank:
274,901
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.30(d)
Lexile:
AD360L (what's this?)
Age Range:
6 - 9 Years

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