One Is a Feast for Mouse: A Thanksgiving Tale


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?
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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?
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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)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780823422319
  • Publisher: Holiday House, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/1/2009
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 253,022
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Lexile: AD680L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.36 (w) x 11.04 (h) x 0.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Judy Cox was born in San Francisco. She is the oldest of five children and enjoyed telling stories from an early age. She is a reading teacher at a small rural school and is inspired to write children's books by her own love of good literature, by raising her son, and by teaching her students.

Kirby Heyborne has received critical acclaim for his starring role in the award-winning World War II drama Saints and Soldiers. He has had starring roles in eight other features and two short films, and has also appeared on the WB's Everwood and many national commercials. He has garnered rave reviews for his narration for Books on Tape over the years and is considered one of the finest narrators working today.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2011

    Highly recommend

    Wonderfully engaging Thanksgiving story!

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