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A retelling of a Finnish folk tale about a young man who plans to marry his mouse sweetheart.
Posted November 3, 2008
In Finland, it is tradition for men to choose their brides by cutting down a tree and walking in the direction it points until they find their true love. When Mikko, a farmer's son, cuts down his tree, it points into the forest where the only talking being he comes across is a friendly mouse. The mouse convinces Mikko to let her be his sweetheart, but when the wedding day arrives, the guests are astonished by his choice. His scoffing older brother throws the mouse into the river. Suddenly, the creature turns into a princess and after the wedding ceremony, takes Mikko back to her castle to live. <BR/><BR/>Aaron Shepard's book is an endearing love story that teaches readers not to look solely on a person's outward appearance. The story is simply yet well written and the illustrations are both unique and appropriate for the Scandinavian setting. Young children would enjoy this folktale. <BR/><BR/>Author Aaron Shepard also provides, on the last page of the book, the musical score for the song sung throughout the story. For those who cannot read music, the song can be heard on his website, which also provides readers with additional adventures about the characters and theatrical productions of the story.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.