Mr. Murry is a worrywart mouse, toiling constantly in his old teapot home and fretting about anything and everything. One day, Thumbkin, a carefree country-bumpkin mouse, moves into the pumpkin house next door. While Mr. Murry agonizes over his teapot windows that need caulking and his chimney that needs sweeping, he also worries about Thumbkin and his perishable home. He blusters, "A sensible mouse would move out of that house!" Conversely, Thumbkin enjoys his relaxation time, lazily gnawing on stalks of hay, whipping up sweet pumpkin cakes when the mood strikes him, and saying, "Ya know, Mr. Murry, you worry too much." Soon the days lengthen and the first snow arrives. Mr. Murry's fears come true as he sees Thumbkin's pumpkin home buckle from the weight of the snow. Thumbkin is unruffled, of course. But night comes, and Mr. Murry fusses even more about the fate of his friend. Then, he has an idea. The mouse who worries too much gains a new roommatea mouse who worries too little. This engaging tale, which is told in verse, is sure to entertain young and old ears alike. And even the illustrations render these mice as different as night and day. 2004, Little Brown and Company/Time Warner Book Group, Ages 3 to 8.
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PreS-K-Mr. Murry, "a skitter, scatter, scurry mouse,/a flurry-about-in-a-hurry mouse" who lives in an old teapot, is wilting with worry. Thumbkin, "a carefree country-bumpkin mouse," lives inside a "pumpkin house." As winter approaches, Mr. Murry prepares for cold weather and frets that his new friend's home will collapse. His neighbor, however, lounges around eating pumpkin seeds and remains stress-free. When Mr. Murry's fears are finally realized at the tale's conclusion, he comes to Thumbkin's aid, and the two mice find a way to appreciate their differences. Bright, colored-pencil cartoon illustrations enhance this simple tale of alternate lifestyles. The large spreads and smaller oval depictions of the characters humorously reflect their personalities. The rhyming text is lively and reads aloud smoothly. This winning story is sure to please young readers.-Andrea Tarr, Corona Public Library, CA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.