One Little Mouse

One Little Mouse

by Dori Chaconas, Le Uyen Pham, LeUyen Pham

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Children's Literature
When one small mouse goes looking for a more satisfactory home, his jolly rhyming tale becomes a counting book as well. He is invited to try sharing holes with two moles, or six baby cottontails' bed, or to swing upside-down with ten small opossums. But the moles' diet "was wormish/And that made Mouse squirmish" and "A mouse tail is not made for clinging." So after trying them all, he leaves the other friendly folks to their own places and is content to return to his own house. We learn just enough in Pham's watercolor scenes to understand the different offered resting places. Equally appealing is her ability to produce animals whose natural appearance and personality combine attractively with her design sense. All of the characters live in a pleasant and peaceable kingdom. 2002, Viking/Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers,
— Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
PreS-K-A charming counting book that will appeal especially to the read-aloud set. As a little mouse searches for a new shelter, he visits nine woodland families and tries living in their various homes. Finding each one unsatisfactory (the moles' "diet was wormish,/And that made Mouse squirmish"), he realizes that his own home is just right after all. The text has a comforting cadence that is maintained throughout the book. Readers are introduced to one mouse on the first page, two moles on the second, three meadow frogs on the third, and so on up to 10 opossums. Pham's watercolor-and-gouache illustrations are printed on Arches Cold Press paper and do an excellent job of expressing the adorable mouse's emotions at each home he visits. The spreads each consist of a full-sized color illustration facing easy-to-read text fitted neatly around a smaller, complementary painting depicting the mouse's discomfort. Each text page begins with a number spelled out in colored letters in a larger font. As the story comes to a close, the mouse passes each of the nine other sleeping families on his way back home. Children will delight in searching them out, and will come away from the story with the subtle message that whether it's a tree, hole, or house, there's no place like home.-Cathie E. Bashaw, Somers Library, NY Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

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Penguin Publishing Group
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Product dimensions:
8.60(w) x 10.82(h) x 0.44(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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