Mouse's Birthday

Mouse's Birthday

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by Jane Yolen, Bruce Degen

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
These prolific, versatile collaborators ( Dinosaur Dances ; the Commander Toad series) here offer a disarming tale, populated by a cast with all the zest of the best nursery rhyme creations. Fashioned from bits of hay, Mouse's house sits in the corner of a barn. It is ``very small, very small. Hardly any room at all / For anyone but Mouse.'' But on the tiny creature's birthday, some nattily dressed visitors come bearing an amusing array of gifts, and--delightfully implausibly--all manage to cram into the diminutive dwelling. As Cat, Dog, Cow and Horse snuggle close to Mouse, ``In comes Farmer on his knees, / Carrying a brown valise, / Trying very hard to squeeze / Into Mouse's house.'' The overcrowding ends the second that Mouse overzealously blows out the candle on his cake, causing the sides of his house--and all his furnishings and gifts--to fly into the air. As the hay settles, the startled guests kick up their heels for what turns out to be a dual celebration. Typically spirited and endearingly humorous, Degen's art is the ideal match for Yolen's jaunty rhyme. The alternation of large-scale likenesses (in sprawling, borderless paintings) with smaller, neatly framed vignettes proves beguiling--and utterly appropriate. Ages 3-6. (Mar.)
Children's Literature - Jan Lieberman
Jane's latest picture book is a rhythmic birthday story featuring a host of animals and a farmer who try to crowd into Mouse's little house to celebrate his special day. The rhyming text trips lightly off the tongue. It's great fun.

Product Details

Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
Sandcastle Series
Product dimensions:
8.75(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.14(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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