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"Too much snow," Grandpa Mouse grumbles.
"Snow is just trouble," scoffs Aunt Vicky.
"Small animals like us," Mum says, "don't like snow."

But Robert, the smallest mouse, knows he likes snow, even though he's never touched it. When he finally gets his wish to go outside and play in it, Robert is overjoyed. Snow is wonderful! That is, until he can't find his way home. Is there anyone who can help him? There is, and even though little Robert doesn't recognize his rescuer, readers ...

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Overview

"Too much snow," Grandpa Mouse grumbles.
"Snow is just trouble," scoffs Aunt Vicky.
"Small animals like us," Mum says, "don't like snow."

But Robert, the smallest mouse, knows he likes snow, even though he's never touched it. When he finally gets his wish to go outside and play in it, Robert is overjoyed. Snow is wonderful! That is, until he can't find his way home. Is there anyone who can help him? There is, and even though little Robert doesn't recognize his rescuer, readers will—because it's . . . Santa!

Robert, a little mouse anxious to experience snow, falls out of his bedroom window in his family's boot home and has a snow adventure.

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Publishers Weekly
The mouse character that inspired Lin to create a money-raising campaign for cancer research (see Children's Books, Sept. 27) stars in this tale that opens as Robert and his family prepare for the winter. With the threat of snow approaching, the mice have no time to find an alternative to their home, fashioned from a boot ("a very old boot"). So they batten down the hatches (and tape up the door and windows). Having never experienced snow, Robert begs to go outside, but is met with disapproval. " `There's nothing to see!' Aunt Vicky scoffed.... `Small animals like us,' Mum said, `don't like snow.' " But one evening, Robert wishes on a "particularly bright star"; his window blows open and he slips out into the cold. When the hero loses his way, a large creature with "red fur" and a sack rescues him and deposits him back safely in his room. When spring arrives, the family discovers a surprise, and Robert guesses that the source was the visitor (who will be familiar to readers). Lin's fetching, rotund mice beam with familial closeness and she includes amusing details-the mice use push pins for doorknobs, bottle caps for plates and spools as stools. Snow-loving youngsters should easily identify with Lin's energetic hero. Ages 3-up. (Oct.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-A little mouse resides with his family in a leaky, old, leather boot that constantly needs repair. As winter approaches, the others are all for sealing themselves inside to shut out the cold. Robert has always yearned to play in the snow, so when he accidentally slips out of his window, he is delighted. Soon, however, he becomes lost and must be saved by a "big animal" with red fur and blue eyes. He delivers the little mouse to his home, and when the snow melts, Robert's family is mystified and delighted by the appearance of a brand-new boot right next to their old one. Like Robert, young readers will guess who left this thoughtful gift. Cellophane tape, postage stamps, and spools of thread are used to good effect inside Robert's crowded home, and these colorful domestic scenes contrast well with the patterned blue-and-white world outside. This is a cozy book for young children, with only a tiny hint of Christmas in it to add some holiday spice.-E. M. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Robert, a playful mouse, and his sensible family live in a dilapidated shoe. Unlike his family who finds snow problematic, Robert loves the wintry white that blankets his landscape. But for the others, the deep snow and stormy weather mean nothing but work and worry. Winter sets in, snow falls, slowly covering the boot. A strong gust of wind blows open Robert's window, and soon he's out frolicking. Play turns to panic when he decides to return to his house: it's nowhere in sight. While frozen with fright, he's spotted, snatched up, and carried back to his warm, safe room by a red furry someone. Once spring arrives and the snow melts, the family ventures outside again, discovering a new shoe-home. Illustrations range in color and intensity from a deep, dense blue of a wintry night-sky, to fluffy, white snowflakes. Lin portrays Robert's glee perfectly as he romps, somersaults, falls, and exclaims, "I love the snow!" The huge mitten and shoe juxtaposed with Robert's tiny tail heighten the suspense as he attempts to hide. The illustrations convey what Robert knows and the young reader learns about that eventful Christmas Eve. (Picture book. 3-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780670059119
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/23/2004
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.32 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.36 (d)

Meet the Author

Grace Lin
Grace Lin

Grace Lin is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design. She is the author and illustrator of eight picture books, and the illustrator of over nine more. She grew up in upstate New York and now lives in Massachusetts with her husband, Robert.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2004

    A WISE, WITTY, WINTERY TALE

    Grace Lin, she of the piquant endearing illustrations and thoughtful pen, now introduces Robert, a very tiny mouse who just knows he's going to love snow. Robert and his entire family live in an old boot, which is easy for them to do as they're all quite small. As winter approaches the family gets busy sealing their house or boot to keep the snow out. Of course, as Mum notes not a one of them would dream of going outside in that vast whiteness - except for Robert. Aunt Vicky says snow is trouble and Grandpa allowed that it was too wet and too cold. Nonetheless, Robert perched by his window, watching snow falling and wishing he could go outside. At that very moment a huge gust of wind broke the seal on Robert's window, and the little gray mouse soon found himself out in the snow. He's happy beyond belief. 'I love the snow,' he exulted. 'Mum and grandpa and everyone is so silly. Snow is wonderful!' Wonderful it may be, but it's also scary when you can't find your way home. All Robert could see was whiteness; all he could feel was the wind. What is he to do? Young readers will probably guess who rescues him, and carries him back to his safe, warm home. But, there's another surprise in store. 'Robert's Snow' is a cheery holiday story for youngsters ages 3 and up. - Gail Cooke

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