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Noise! Noise! Noise!
     

Noise! Noise! Noise!

by Carl Sommer, Kennon James (Illustrator), Greg Budwine (Illustrator)
 

Two persnickety mice, Marcus and Marcella, keep complaining about the noisy forest animals and the hard work they have to do every day in searching for food. They become very excited when a chipmunk tells them about a quiet farmhouse with lots of good food. In spite of warnings from the forest animals, they immediately move to the farm.

Their dreams come true.

Overview

Two persnickety mice, Marcus and Marcella, keep complaining about the noisy forest animals and the hard work they have to do every day in searching for food. They become very excited when a chipmunk tells them about a quiet farmhouse with lots of good food. In spite of warnings from the forest animals, they immediately move to the farm.

Their dreams come true. But their wonderful life comes to an abrupt end when the farmer and his wife come home to their unwelcome guests. After barely escaping with their lives, Marcus and Marcella quickly return to their forest home. They learn to appreciate that even with all the noise and hard work, the forest is a wonderful place to live.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Bright, colorful, and cartoon-like illustrations will be appealing to young children in this entry in the "Fun Times with Timeless Virtues Picture Books." The "Sommer-Time Story" aims to teach tolerance, friendship and appreciation. In the story, Marcus and Marcella are two mice who complain about everything. They are tired of having to find their own food, plus the crows, beavers, and chipmunks are much too noisy. Soon the two mice pack their belonging and off they travel to the farm, where they feast on the farmer's food. As suddenly as they appear, the farmer's wife screams and chases them out of the house. Hurriedly they return to the forest, where they are cheerfully accepted by their friends. There is a nice moral to the story, teaching children to appreciate what they have. This is an excellent source for communicating virtues and teaching positive character traits. 2003, Advance Publishing,
— Ann Sanger
School Library Journal
Gr 1-4-The first book is a heavy-handed, flatly illustrated treatise on the need to have and follow a leader. When Buzzie declares it unfair that worker bees have to do all the work and convinces other bees to start a new hive with her, chaos reigns. Finally, she understands what Wizbee has been trying to tell her-that "working with a leader brings happiness" and that "it's important to let the leader tell the other bees what kind of work they should do." The text is didactic to say the least and Budwine's illustrations are sophomoric and amateurish. No self-respecting child would be moved by this preachy lesson. In Noise! Marcus and Marcella Mouse are complaining about all the noise created by the creatures of the forest. They pack up their belongings and move to the farmhouse, where they find danger at the hands of the farmer and his wife. Now they appreciate life in the forest and don't mind the noise the other animals make all day long. Although this volume has a bit more of a story, the cartoon illustrations in washed-out colors feature awkwardly drawn animals, some clothed and some not. Neither book is quality literature.-Sandra Kitain, Abrams Hebrew Academy, Yardley, PA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781575370200
Publisher:
Advance Publishing Incorporated TX
Publication date:
07/28/2003
Series:
Another Sommer-Time Story Series
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
6.60(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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