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Children's LiteratureThe "Fesler-Lampert Minnesota Heritage" series has the admirable mission of republishing "significant out-of-print books that contribute to Minnesota's cultural legacy." How fortunate for lovers of children's literature that Wanda Gag was born in Minnesota! Best known for her award-winning Millions of Cats and The ABC Bunny, Gag (1893-1946) wrote and illustrated three other delightful tales that are now being reprinted. Snippy and Snappy are brother and sister mice who live in a field of flowers and grass with Mother Mouse and Father Mouse. Following a chubby little girl who has picked up their mother's blue yarn ball, the lively little creatures come upon a house where they wander in looking for CHEESE. Their dismissive reactions to flowers on a rug, a stool that reminds them of a tree, a rooty-looking mop, and a wonderful art nouveau blossom lamp are priceless. Things get scary when the coveted cheese turns out to be in a trap, but the naive little mice are rescued by their father, who makes a spectacular leap from a cupboard. Their own candlelit nook has never looked so welcoming. With its intricate detail, its hand-lettered text and artful black-and-white ink drawings leading the reader sinuously "up and down and down . . . and over the garden wall," this amusingly inventive artist-designed book is a delight not only for children—we are all lucky to have this legacy from a vibrant artist of the twentieth century. 2003 (orig. 1931), University of Minnesota Press, Ages 3 to 8.
—Barbara L. Talcroft