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Baby Mouse loves Farmer Clem's pea patch. As her parents prepare for their big party, she escapes from her bath and gets up past her bedtime to visit the pea patch. Color illustrations.

Despite being picked with the lettuce and almost ending up in a salad, Baby Mouse refuses to stay out of Farmer Clem's garden.

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Overview

Baby Mouse loves Farmer Clem's pea patch. As her parents prepare for their big party, she escapes from her bath and gets up past her bedtime to visit the pea patch. Color illustrations.

Despite being picked with the lettuce and almost ending up in a salad, Baby Mouse refuses to stay out of Farmer Clem's garden.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Though the baby mouse in Hurd's latest frolic is still in diapers, she already has a mind of her own. She sets off through the garden where she lives with her parents, promptly falling asleep in a head of lettuce. When Farmer Clem plucks that head for his lunch salad, Mother and Father Mouse have to act fast to save Baby from being tossed with the rest of the greens. Then Mother decides that Baby needs a bath; Baby has other ideas, and deserts the tub for the tomato patch. She kicks first one tomato, and then another, and one lands on Grandfather Mouse's head; then he needs a bath. That night, Mother and Father's guests don vegetable costumes and dance the Pea Patch Jig. Baby Mouse, who is supposed to be in bed, first saves everyone by scaring a lurking fox with her peashooter, then dresses up as a bright green pea and joins them. Hurd's fluid paintings make Farmer Clem's garden a cheerful camouflage for the Mouse family and their willful Baby; his kaleidoscopic colors and mischievous sense of humor make this book ripe for the picking. 3-7
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PreS-Gr 1 Colorful, lively, funny, original. Right away children will expect something special: on the front cover Baby Mouse, in her diaper and red bow, dances with her folks. A dazzling arrangement of garden vegetables decorates the white endpapers. This is the overture, and when the action begins every page is a discovery and a smile. Over in the garden that Farmer Clem unknowingly shares with the tiny Mouse family, preparations are on for a midsummer party. Mother and Father Mouse have their backs turned, so Baby wanders away. She soon tires and climbs into a head of lettuce to rest. Meanwhile, Farmer Clem gathers his salad fixings, including you guessed it the very lettuce that shelters our young explorer. A brave rescue follows, and more adventures, too. In a grand finale, costumed mice kick up their heels while Grandpa fiddles away at The Pea Patch Jig. Those natty alligators dancing the night away in Mama Don't Allow Harper, 1984 never had more fun than this crowd. Anna Biagioni Hart, Sherwood Regional Library, Alexandria, Va.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780064433839
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/1/1995
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Lexile: AD550L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.74 (w) x 9.98 (h) x 0.16 (d)

Meet the Author


Thacher Hurd is the author/illustrator of many beloved picture books, including Mama Don't Allow, Mystery on the Docks (both Reading Rainbow Feature books), and Art Dog. He has received rave reviews and many awards, notably the Boston Globe-Horn Book award and a New York Times Best Illustrated Award.
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