In Mouse's latest adventure, Mouse's First Summer by Lauren Thompson, illus. by Buket Erdogan, the diminutive hero and pal Minka explore all aspects of a summer picnic, from red watermelon under the blue sky to the white, brown and purple of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. The colorful day ends with a bright fireworks show at night. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
In this picture book, Mouse and Minka stow away in a basket and are taken to on a summer picnic. Never having been to a picnic, everything is new and exciting. Mouse and Minka discover ants, watermelons, kites, and lemonade. These two curious mice celebrate the sights and sounds of summer. The young readers will have a great time making connections to Mouse's first summer. The colorful pictures will also draw young readers in and also help to develop visual reading skills. This book is educational, too. With each new summer discover, the mice learn a new color. In the text, all color words are written in that color. This helps to create meaning. Early education teachers will find this book an asset in the classroom. It can be used to discuss describing words and how to ask questions. In addition, this book is written with a question-and-answer format; it would be a great model for group story writing in the classroom. 2004, Simon & Schuster, Ages 2 to 6.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-As in the other books in the series, Thompson and Erdogan again draw readers into the joys of a simple frolic. Done in jewel-toned acrylics, the double-page paintings create a sumptuous backdrop for this sensory-rich adventure as Mouse and Minka go on a picnic and sample watermelon, roll in the grass, fly a kite, spill lemonade, and feast on a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. The poetic, spare text dabbles in alliteration, describing "Marching, munching, bold, black ants-" and "Tipsy-tumbly, tickly, green grass." A final proclamation-"Hooray for summer!"-tops off this delicious taste of the season for young listeners.-Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Henrico County Library, Glen Allen, VA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Lauren Thompson is the author of several picture books, including the popular Mouse’s First series, Little Quack series, and the Wee Little series. She is also the author of the critically acclaimed The Apple Pie That Papa Baked as well as Leap Back Home to Me; Chew, Chew, Gulp!; and Hop, Hop, Jump! She lives with her husband and son in Brooklyn, New York. Buket Erdogan has always been inspired by vibrant colors and children’s art. She has illustrated the New York Times bestselling Mouse’s First series and the Calico series. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.