Mouse of My Heart (Picture Book)

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From the archives of Margaret Wise Brown comes a stunning collection of more than 50 poems and stories, many previously unpublished and all expertly crafted by the author of Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny. This rich anthology is illustrated with vibrant paintings by Loretta Krupinski. Her jewel-toned palette, charming characters, and plentiful details perfectly complement the text. Included are a table of contents, an index, and an introduction by noted biographer Leonard ...
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Overview

From the archives of Margaret Wise Brown comes a stunning collection of more than 50 poems and stories, many previously unpublished and all expertly crafted by the author of Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny. This rich anthology is illustrated with vibrant paintings by Loretta Krupinski. Her jewel-toned palette, charming characters, and plentiful details perfectly complement the text. Included are a table of contents, an index, and an introduction by noted biographer Leonard S. Marcus.

Author Biography: Margaret Wise Brown is the beloved author of such classics as Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny.

A collection of stories and poems, arranged in the categories "Adventure," "Big and Little," "Bravery," "Love and Friendship," "Happiness," "Belonging," "For a Rainy Day," "Nonsense," "Colors," and "Nature."

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Mouse of My Heart: A Treasury of Sense and Nonsense gathers 56 poems and stories by Margaret Wise Brown, many previously unpublished. With an introduction by Leonard Marcus and jewel-like illustrations by Loretta Krupinski, this is one handsome volume. Whether celebrating contented solitude ("A Cottontail Rabbit in a Cotton Field") or the power of rebellion ("Sssssssssssssspit/ I'm Wild Cat Wild/ The Tiger's child"), Brown touches the universal feelings of childhood. ( Mar.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
The legendary editor and author of Goodnight Moon wrote much more for young children—as this anthology of poetry and prose attests. Leonard S. Marcus, Brown's biographer, sets the record straight once again in his brief but insightful introduction. The rest is for the little ones, cuddled in mom's lap or tucked safely into bed. The offerings are divided into sections called "Adventure," or "Bravery," or "Belonging," but the distinctions are unnecessary. Just open the book at any page and be greeted by "The Tiger's Child" (I'm Wild Cat Wild) or "You Be Little and I'll Be Big" and enter a world of innocence and yearning, the world of a child's mind before TV and the Internet, a kind of primal Garden of Eden. Krupinski's wonderfully loving illustrations embrace the text, creating a keepsake book for any growing family. 2001, Hyperion, $19.99. Ages 3 to 8. Reviewer: Kathleen Karr
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PreS-This fine collection brings together 56 of Brown's lesser-known or previously unpublished stories and poems. In his introduction, Leonard S. Marcus eloquently describes why Brown was one of the most sensitive writers for preschool children, but the actual poems and stories prove that she was ahead of her time. Organized loosely under 11 subject headings, the selections cover such diverse topics as "Adventure," "Nature," "Nonsense," and "Big and Little," all with an unerringly child-centered perspective. The pieces play with language, rhythm, and patterns ("Spoon up the moon" sings a bird in "Two Little Raccoons"). Brown's exquisite attention to detail (like the "bugs that laugh themselves awake" in "Song of Little Things") is echoed in Krupinski's excellent paintings that grace every page. Most entrancing, however, is the emotional truth demonstrated in such stories as "You Be Little and I'll Be Big," where all creatures, no matter what their size, can feel big or little, and sometimes need to have others take care of them. The bright, expressive illustrations focus mainly on animals and details of the natural world, and reflect the characters' emotions. Gentle humor is evident throughout, particularly in the opening illustration of "Belonging," which shows a mouse holding two sticks to his head like antennae, in an attempt to look like his two ladybug friends. Illustrations and text are an ideal match here. This is a beautiful book in every sense of the word, with much to treasure for children, adults, and scholars.-Kathleen Kelly MacMillan, Carroll County Public Library, Eldersburg, MD Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780786806287
  • Publisher: Hyperion
  • Publication date: 2/1/2001
  • Pages: 192

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