Mouse's Birthday

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Editorial Reviews

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.
Janice Del Negro
It's Mouse's birthday, and he's having a party. The only difficulty is that "Mouse's house is very small, very small, very small. Hardly any room at all for anyone but Mouse." One by one the animals, bearing gifts, come to Mouse's small house--Cat, Dog, Cow, Horse--and finally, the Farmer, carrying the cake. In they come, upon their knees, "trying very hard to squeeze into Mouse's house." With the help of his friends, Mouse blows out his birthday candle, and the bemused animals (and Farmer) sit in the settling hay for a brief moment before gathering themselves up to dance to Farmer's accordion music. "Mouse's new house is very wide, very wide, very wide. Everyone can fit inside, including little Mouse." Yolen's rhythmic, rhyming birthday story is sure to be popular in preschool story times and read-alouds. Degen illustrates the text in an energetic fashion, cheerfully tucking his animals into jogging suits, sailor suits, and flowery party dresses. The final page, showing Mouse asleep in his bed by the light of the moon, is a satisfying conclusion.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399228452
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/4/1995
  • Series: Sandcastle Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.75 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.14 (d)

Meet the Author

Jane Yolen
Jane Yolen
JaneYolen lives in Massachusetts.

John Schoenherr lives in New Jersey.

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