The White-Footed Mouse

Overview

A boy is sure he has the world's best father, an outdoorsman who shows him the hiding places of ground-nesting birds and teaches him to paddle a canoe and handle a rifle safely. Never point your gun at anything you don't intend to shoot, his father tells him, and don't kill anything you don't intend to eat. When he's eight years old, he is finally allowed to go to hunting camp with his father. They climb through dark woods to the icy-cold camp, where Dad starts a fire in the stove. A few minutes later, a tiny, ...
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A boy is sure he has the world's best father, an outdoorsman who shows him the hiding places of ground-nesting birds and teaches him to paddle a canoe and handle a rifle safely. Never point your gun at anything you don't intend to shoot, his father tells him, and don't kill anything you don't intend to eat. When he's eight years old, he is finally allowed to go to hunting camp with his father. They climb through dark woods to the icy-cold camp, where Dad starts a fire in the stove. A few minutes later, a tiny, shivering white-footed mouse emerges from his nest to share the warmth of the stovepipe. The boy feeds him a bit of cheese and sees that the mouse trusts him. Later, when his father begins to bait a mouse trap, the boy wittily reminds his Dad of the lesson he had taught him.

The White-Footed Mouse is Willem Lange's and Bert Dodson's latest collaboration, a delightfully illustrated parable for lovers of nature and the great outdoors and for kids who want to keep their Dads in line.

Willem Langeis a short-story writer, columnist, commentator, and host on Vermont Public Radio and New Hampshire Public Television.This is his third children's book with Bert Dodson. He lives with his wife in East Montpelier, Vermont.

Bert Dodsonis the author and illustrator of the best-selling learn-to-draw classicKeys to Drawingas well as the illustrator of over 80 children's books including a previous one with Willem Lang. He has also co-writtenThe Way Life Workswith noted biologist Mahlon Hoagland. He lives in Bradford, Vermont.

Advance Praise

When I was a 15-year-old kid, Will arrived in our tiny Adirondack Mountain town. It was the beginning of an enduring and profound friendship. Over fifty years we've paddled, climbed, hunted, and fished together, and listened to each other. This story is Will at his best: a man, a boy, and a mouse in a camp together, a tender story of respect and caring for one another in the most important ways.--Baird Edmonds, retired designer, contractor and outdoorsman

What a wonderful and beautifully illustrated story! A father teaches his son about nature and ethics, and the son then gives his father a lesson. Willem Lange is a master storyteller andThe White-Footed Mouseis one of his best.Beautifully written and beautifully illustrated, the story has lessons for us all. Though written for youth, it's one that every parent and grandparent will treasure. It's destined to become a classic that future generations will enjoy and learn from.--Gary Moore, syndicated columnist, broadcaster and former Vermont Commissioner of Fish and Wildlife

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
“I had the greatest dad that any kid has ever had,” opens this homespun and nostalgic story from the creators of Favor Johnson. The narrator’s recollections of his outdoor enthusiast father teaching him to bird watch and canoe gives Dodson the chance to exhibit his considerable skill at portraying the natural world in simple, disarming paintings. The narrator recalls Dad preparing him for his first hunting trip with the admonition never to “kill anything—fish, bird, or animal—you don’t intend to eat.” Huddled by the woodstove in their hunting camp, the two see a mouse in the rafters, and Dad rebukes the boy for feeding it a piece of cheese, saying he’ll set a trap for it tomorrow. When Dad prepares the trap, the boy argues that the tiny creature isn’t hurting anyone, and harks back to his father’s earlier rule, slyly asking, “Are we going to have him for breakfast or lunch?” It’s an authentic portrait of a father-son relationship, one with particular appeal for families whose love of hunting is tied to a strong respect for nature. Ages 4–8. (Oct.)
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What a wonderful and beautifully illustrated story! A father teaches his son about nature and ethics, and the son then gives his father a lesson. Willem Lange is a master storyteller and The White-Footed Mouse is one of his best. Beautifully written and beautifully illustrated, the story has lessons for us all. Though written for youth, it's one that every parent and grandparent will treasure. It's destined to become a classic that future generations will enjoy and learn from. -- Gary Moore, President of Vermont State Colleges and former Vermont Commissioner of Fish and Wildlife

When I was a 15-year-old kid, Will arrived in our tiny Adirondack Mountain town. It was the beginning of an enduring and profound friendship. Over fifty years we've paddled, climbed, hunted, and fished together, and listened to each other. This story is Will at his best: a man, a boy, and a mouse in a camp together, a tender story of respect and caring for one another in the most important ways. -- - Baird Edmonds, retired designer, contractor and outdoorsman

School Library Journal
Gr 1–3—This parable is told with a mix of old-fashioned and modern-day wisdom. A father introduces his son to nature at a young age; they go for walks through the woods and he shows the child how to find nests hidden in trees, build birdhouses, canoe, fish, swim, and hunt. "The greatest dad that any kid has ever had" also teaches his son rules: "Don't kill anything you don't intend to eat." When he is eight, they go on their first camping trip and stay at a cabin, where his dad spots a little white-footed mouse warming up on a stovepipe. The boy feeds it a piece of cheese, and his father scolds him, explaining that he doesn't want mice inside the camp. The next day they return from hunting and the father wants to set a trap to catch the mouse. The son reminds his dad of the rule, saying, "Well, okay. Are we going to have him for breakfast or lunch?" Watercolor illustrations highlight nature, but come across as a bit flat except for one spread showing the mouse enjoying the piece of cheese, which is somewhat animated. The facial expressions of the people are static. Overall, this is a thoughtful story that will prompt questions and discussion in a storytime, classroom, or home, especially about hypocrisy.—Anne Beier, Hendrick Hudson Free Library, Montrose, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781593731168
  • Publisher: Bunker Hill Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/28/2000

Meet the Author

Bert Dodson is the author and illustrator of the best-selling learn-to-draw classic Keys to Drawing as well as the illustrator of over 80 children's books including a previous one with Willem Lang. He has also co-written The Way Life Works with noted biologist Mahlon Hoagland. He lives in Bradford, Vermont. .

Willem Lange is a short-story writer, commentator and host on Vermont Public Radio and New Hampshire Public Television. He also has a weekly column in The Valley News, the major newspaper in the NH/VT Upper Valley area. In addition to the Yuletide readings of his Christmas story, Favor Johnson, a staple on Public Radio for fifteen years, his annual readings of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol -- on stage, on Vermont Public Radio, and on Armed Forces Radio overseas -- have been popular since 197

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