Thanksgiving Mice!

Thanksgiving Mice!

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by Doug Cushman
     
 

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It's Thanksgiving and four adorable mice are putting on a play for their woodland friends in this delightful read-aloud, the fourth book about the holiday mice. Lively verse introduces beginning readers to basic words and rhyming sounds and tells the story of the very first Thanksgiving, when the Pilgrim mice traveled across the sea and settled in America. The simple

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It's Thanksgiving and four adorable mice are putting on a play for their woodland friends in this delightful read-aloud, the fourth book about the holiday mice. Lively verse introduces beginning readers to basic words and rhyming sounds and tells the story of the very first Thanksgiving, when the Pilgrim mice traveled across the sea and settled in America. The simple story-within-a-story format, accompanied by colorful, action-filled illustrations of mice in costume, also serves as a basic introduction to theater.

Editorial Reviews

Bethany Roberts's rodents love to celebrate. The stars of Fourth of July Mice!, Halloween Mice!, and Birthday Mice! return to mount their own Thanksgiving historical pageant. Doug Cushman's vibrant paintings and Roberts's memorable rhymes reinforce the cheerful mood of the mouse-sized reenactment.
Publishers Weekly
In another reenactment, Thanksgiving Mice! by Bethany Roberts, illus. by Doug Cushman, rodents are the stars. Simple rhyming text and historical basics come together as the Holiday Mice present a play. (Sept.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-The origins of Thanksgiving are explained by a group of mice as they put on a play for their animal friends. Cushman's cheerful spreads show the little creatures using handmade props and putting their all into this neighborhood production. The characters are charming and the colors are vibrant. Where pictures appear in a smaller frame, objects often extend into the borders for visual appeal. The problem comes with the text. Short rhyming stanzas at first seem to offer a pleasing read-aloud pattern, only to dissolve into an odd scheme, and readers may constantly try to recover a poetic balance that isn't there. Another problem comes with fictionalizing the Pilgrims as mice and keeping true to the Thanksgiving account. These diminutive Pilgrims wear clothes, sail on the Mayflower, suffer a hard winter, and plant corn, but that continuity breaks when "They built new homes in tree trunks-" instead of houses. There is a scarcity of Thanksgiving books for this age group that can adequately explain the historical significance of the holiday in very simple terms. Halloween Mice! (Clarion, 1995) by the same duo hit upon a combination of text and pictures that works very well, but it isn't trying to tie in a historical concept. If you aren't overly concerned with an odd poetic structure or a break in the logic of mice as Pilgrims, then this book should fill a gap in read-aloud Thanksgiving material for the younger set.-Carol Marshall, Bridgeport Public Library, CT Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
From the Publisher

"Preschool and early elementary grade teachers looking for a short, light introduction to the holiday may want to give this colorful picture book a try." Booklist, ALA

"The characters are charming and the colors are vibrant." School Library Journal

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780618604869
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
09/12/2005
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.14(d)
Age Range:
3 Years

Meet the Author


Doug Cushman is a veteran mystery writer for children and the illustrator of more than 100 picture books. Among his many popular books are the seven HOLIDAY MICE books, written by Bethany Roberts. He lives in Northern California and Paris.

Bethany Roberts has written several popular books for children, including seven  Holiday Mice books, Monster Manners, Cat Parade, and Waiting-for-Christmas Stories. She lives in Hamden, Connecticut. Visit her website at www.bethanyroberts.com
 

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Thanksgiving Mice! 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Treasure_Chest_of_Books More than 1 year ago
Title/Series: Thanksgiving Mice! Author: Bethany Roberts Pages: 32 pages Copyright Date: 2001 Reading Level: 1st grade Interest Level: Preschool - 3rd grade Summary: It's Thanksgiving time and the mice are putting on a play! The mice start with preparing for their two act play "The Story of Thanksgiving". We then enjoy the play with the mice's animal friends. Educational: Good -shows a brief history of Thanksgiving including the vocabulary words England, Pilgrim, Mayflower, and Plymouth Rock Content: Good - colorful pictures, the story told as a play makes the book interesting Message: Average - Thanksgiving is a time to celebrate
Guest More than 1 year ago
The energetic holiday mice go, go, go, in their entertaining production of the story of the first Thanksgiving. The story is written in cheerful verse, and the pictures are full of fun details, such as a mouse-sized easel made of matchsticks. This book captures the true meaning of Thanksgiving, and is a charming book for the storytime crowd. Take a bow, Thanksgiving Mice!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Roberts and Cushman, creators of three other charming holiday mice books, have done it again. This time, the engaging mouse characters put on a play for their friends, and in a grand finale, host their own Thanksgiving feast. The brightly colored illustrations add much visual humor along the way. This fine book is a perfect Thanksgiving read-aloud, and is simple enough for beginning readers. I plan to use it in my classroom to inspire my students to act out the Thanksgiving story. Highly recommended!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Some of the pictures were tiny and print tiny, others seemed to fit the page. Don't know why it digitally came out that way, but would be better with an actual book. Story was cute.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thank god that deadmau5 aint @ your house stealing all your food and making horrible electronic music!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was very disappointed with this purchase. The text and pictures weren't on the same page. You were only able to enlarge one picture on a page but many pages had two pictures so you lost part of the story. I tried to read this story to a kindergarten group and was so frustrated I gave up and found another story. It looks like a cute story but not worth the frustration.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pictures are cute but set up is very confusing. Two pages at a time are shown quite small then each page is shown again separately but larger. Then the text is repeated. The story is choppy. I would not recommend on the Nook. The actual book may read better.