Mouse Islandby Eve Bunting, Dominic Catalano
A new story of friendship from Eve Bunting. Mouse lives alone on an island. At night he watches the lighthouse beacon flash across the water, warning ships to stay off the rocks. In the daytime, he dozes in the sun or searches for tasty sea morsels for dinner. Life is good. So why does he have a feeling that something is missing-something that would make it even
A new story of friendship from Eve Bunting. Mouse lives alone on an island. At night he watches the lighthouse beacon flash across the water, warning ships to stay off the rocks. In the daytime, he dozes in the sun or searches for tasty sea morsels for dinner. Life is good. So why does he have a feeling that something is missing-something that would make it even better? One day a boat sinks near the island, and Mouse swims to the rescue of a strange, furry creature that has been tossed into the ocean. What is it? What kind of dangerous creature has he saved? Eve Bunting's charming tale of an unlikely friendship is warmly illustrated by Dominic Catalano.
K-Gr 2- Mouse is alone on an island since the departure of the lighthouse keeper and his wife, but he enjoys wading in the tide pools, watching whales, and the visits of gulls and sea lions. He gnaws at salty orange peels that wash ashore and sleeps in the sun, but he just can't understand why he feels empty. Danger arrives from the sea one afternoon as a fishing boat sinks and the emergency rescue leaves a "head" still in the water. Mouse puts his swimming skills to practice and miraculously pulls a surprising companion out of the ocean: "'Meow!' the creature said." Illustrations in rich hues depict the seaside home of a cartoon-inspired mouse and detail his cozy life, down to a beach umbrella and chair. An empty place at his sardine-can table emphasizes the missing element in his solitary life. Mouse's rescued guest, sometimes awkwardly drawn, seems more human than feline. Readers may even wonder whether his actions will continue to be benevolent, as Cat's watchful, glowing yellow eyes seem always to follow his new friend. Still, while at first he states his case simply: "I am Cat. Cat eats mouse," he tells Mouse of his own emptiness and says, "I would never eat you ." Mouse realizes that he didn't know what was missing from his life until it was found. Children may note the unusual alliance of this pair and recognize the rewards of friendship. A general purchase for most libraries.-Mary Elam, Forman Elementary School, Plano, TX
- Highlights Press
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- Product dimensions:
- 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x (d)
- Age Range:
- 5 - 7 Years
Meet the Author
Eve Bunting is the author of many books, including the Caldecott Medal-winning Smoky Night, illustrated by David Diaz. She and her husbanve live in Pasadena, California.
Dominic Catalano is the author and illustrator of Mr. Basset Plays, Santa Fe and the Three Bears, and Frog Went A-Courting. He also illustrated Merry Christmas, Old Armadillo by Larry Dane Brimner, as well as the Bernard series by Joan Elizabeth Goodman. He teaches illustration and lives in Bexley, Ohio.
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Young readers that I know cannot resist the stories of Eve Bunting. Pair this warm, winning tale with illustrations by Dominic Catalano and you have a book that's sure to please five to seven-year-olds. This time out Caldecott Medal winner Bunting introduces a lone island dweller - Mouse. Not only does he live alone, but he's very self-sufficient. Mouse finds plenty to eat, is quite safe, and really has no responsibilities. Nonetheless, he is not content. He know there is something missing but has no idea what it is. One day his friend Herring Gull dropped in, and Mouse described his feeling of emptiness. Gull thought he needed to see the world and offered to fly him around. Mouse declined with, "I'm afraid of flying." Then one day Mouse looked out and saw that a fishing boat was sinking. Fortunately, a lifeboat came and saved three men. But, the rescuers overlooked one small head bobbing in the water. "Hold on!" Mouse shouted, and he jumped in to save whoever or whatever it was. Youngsters will be surprised at who Mouse finds, and learn a valuable lesson in friendship. - Gail Cooke