Nuts

Nuts

by Paula Gerritsen
     
 

Autumn is in the air when Mouse sets out to gather nuts from the distant nut tree she has spotted from her hilltop home.  The tree is far, far away—across the fields, meadows, and farms.  Heedless of her friends' warnings about the dangers in her path, she makes her way to the tree.  After a long blustery journey, Mouse is disappointed with what

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Autumn is in the air when Mouse sets out to gather nuts from the distant nut tree she has spotted from her hilltop home.  The tree is far, far away—across the fields, meadows, and farms.  Heedless of her friends' warnings about the dangers in her path, she makes her way to the tree.  After a long blustery journey, Mouse is disappointed with what she finds.  She makes her way home sadly, but when she gts there Gull is waiting for her with a pleasant surprise.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Mouse's autumn journey to collect nuts is fraught with perils: a coming wind storm, a farmer hurrying home on his tractor, a barking dog. She cannot hear her friends' warnings. Exhausted by her journey, she falls asleep at the tree. Disappointed to find the nuts all gone when she wakes up, she makes her way sadly back home, where she finds the wind has done her work for her. This traditional going-out-and-coming-home story will appeal to preschoolers who will sympathize with the anthropomorphized mouse with her big coat and its extra-big pockets, and enjoy her talking animal friends: Gull, Hare, and Sheep. Full double page illustrations in autumn colors are done in pastels and gouache. Important shapes are outlined, perfect for showing while reading aloud. No translator is listed for this smoothly told story, first published in the Netherlands. Just right for story time or bedtime reading, this gentle tale should find an appreciative audience here, as well. 2005, Front Street, Ages 2 to 5.
—Kathleen Isaacs
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-When Mouse realizes that autumn has arrived, she is delighted to make the long journey to the distant nut tree to gather food for the winter, dressed in her coat with the extra-big pockets. She is warned by Gull that a storm is coming, but she can't hear him because of the wind. She is warned by Sheep that a dog is near, but she can't hear the bleats over the barking. She blithely continues toward her goal, ignoring the brewing storm. When at last she arrives at the tree, all of the nuts and leaves have blown away. She returns home with empty pockets and finds a surprise waiting for her. Although the story is slight, the words are well chosen and the repeated refrain will delight readers. The pencil-and-pastel illustrations are charming, displaying the textures and colors of fall and the foreboding energy of the storm. Gerritsen effectively contrasts the tiny mouse with the large expanses she must travel. And even the vast spreads include small details tucked away for curious eyes to discover. Nuts is a good read-aloud to accompany units on the seasons, animal habits, and goal-planning.-Mary Hazelton, Elementary Schools in Warren & Waldoboro, ME Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
In this triumphant, if unlikely, take on Matthew 6:26 ("They sow not, neither do they reap . . . yet your heavenly father feedeth them"), a mouse sets out to "reap" nuts from a distant tree, oblivious to warnings of a storm, a tractor and a dog in the way. After a long and hazardous trek, she arrives at the tree just as the wild storm does, settles down in a comfy hole to nap and when she wakes, the nuts have all been blown away. Disappointed, she returns to her burrow-where she discovers heaps of windblown nuts piled at her doorstep. Gerritsen depicts overcast skies and stubbly fields in autumnal colors, decking Mouse out in a long scarf and bright red coat that provide visual focus even when the point of view pulls back. Aesop's grasshopper should have been so lucky. (Picture book. 6-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781932425666
Publisher:
Lemniscaat USA
Publication date:
02/28/2006
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.62(w) x 11.32(h) x 0.33(d)
Age Range:
7 - 11 Years

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