One Is a Feast for Mouse: A Thanksgiving Tale

One Is a Feast for Mouse: A Thanksgiving Tale

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by Judy Cox, Jeffrey Ebbeler
     
 

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Perfect for Thanksgiving, this warm and humourous picture book gently reminds us to give thanks for the little things. The Thanksgiving feast is over. Leftover turkey and pumpkin pie litter the table. Mouse peeps out of his hidey-hole and spots a small green pea. the perfect feast for one mouse. Yes, one green pea, one red cranberry, one plate of mashed potatoes, and

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Perfect for Thanksgiving, this warm and humourous picture book gently reminds us to give thanks for the little things. The Thanksgiving feast is over. Leftover turkey and pumpkin pie litter the table. Mouse peeps out of his hidey-hole and spots a small green pea. the perfect feast for one mouse. Yes, one green pea, one red cranberry, one plate of mashed potatoes, and one roasted turkey, that should make a very fine feast for Mouse. But can he get it all back to his hidey-hole?

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Sharon Salluzzo
After the Thanksgiving feast, when everyone—including the cat—is napping, the little mouse comes out of his home in the clock and discovers the leftovers are still on the table. He spies "a teensy-tiny, toothsome, green pea all by itself" and decides "one will be a feast for me." As with so many of us at Thanksgiving time, his eyes are bigger than his stomach. He takes a little of this and a little of that, declaring each time, "one is a feast for me," until he is balancing turkey, a piece of pie, gravy and mashed potatoes, a carrot stick stuck in an olive, and a cranberry on top of the pea. As he is ready to leave the table, who should appear but the cat? Balancing the food is no longer the little mouse's top priority. A chase ensues with the mouse scurrying for home as the cat is chased by a broom-wielding Mom. Excitement builds with the addition of each food item and then jumps to the next level with the appearance of the cat. The roundness of Ebbeler's illustrations, as well as their muted fall tones, gives them a warm and inviting look. When the chase scene begins, Cox broadens the vocabulary with interesting-sounding words, such as "catter-whumpus," that let the young listener know that chaos is being created here. Everyone will be cheering for the exuberant little mouse with the large glasses. Original and fun to read aloud, this is a marvelous blend of text and illustration—just what a good picture book should be. You will want to add this to your Thanksgiving book collection. Reviewer: Sharon Salluzzo
School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 2

The remains of a Thanksgiving dinner are irresistible to a little mouse, who creeps out of his hole to help himself to one small pea. But soon, greed gets the better of him and before he knows it, he has taken one of every leftover tidbit, including the gravy boat and platter of turkey. Before he makes it safely back home, however, the cat spies him and pounces, knocking everything on the floor. The mouse escapes just in time, while the cat gets the blame, and to his delight he finds one "teensy-tiny, round and toothsome, green and luscious pea" for which he exclaims: "Give thanks! One is a feast for me!" Whimsical, large-scale illustrations drawn in acrylics, pastels, and colored pencils are a perfect complement to the story. Plenty of action and humor as well as a thoroughly satisfying ending make this a wonderful holiday read-aloud.-Sally R. Dow, Ossining Public Library, NY

Kirkus Reviews
Mouse creeps out on Thanksgiving Day as the human family enjoys its post-prandial nap. He spots a pea on the uncleared table, and then a cranberry, then an olive, then a carrot stick...Thinking to himself, "One is a feast for me," he soon amasses one of everything, until a tower of food teeters on its base of one pea. Ebbeler's full-bleed, double-page spreads make the most of the humor made available by situation and scale-spot the bespectacled mouse dwarfed by his pile as he marches past Pilgrim salt-and-pepper shakers just his size. Greed goeth before a fall, however, in a slapstick climax children will relish. (Picture book. 4-8)
From the Publisher
"Plenty of action and humor as well as a thoroughly satisfying ending make this a wonderful holiday read-aloud."

"A slapstick climax children will relish."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780823422319
Publisher:
Holiday House, Inc.
Publication date:
07/01/2009
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
726,169
Product dimensions:
8.36(w) x 11.04(h) x 0.10(d)
Lexile:
AD680L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Judy Cox is a celebrated author of children's book and elementary school teacher. Her titles include Go to Sleep, Groundhog! and One Is a Feast for Mouse: A Thanksgiving Tale. She lives in Oregon.

Jeffrey Ebbeler the creators of Punxsutawney Phyllis, which Booklist called “charming” and which School Library Journal referred to as “exuberant.” He lives in Ohio.

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One Is a Feast for Mouse: A Thanksgiving Tale 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderfully engaging Thanksgiving story!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago