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Children's LiteratureA small mouse named Tiny decides it is time for him to venture out into the wheat fields where he has never been before. With his sister Katy as his guide, Tiny is reassured to discover that a strange creature is only a rabbit, not a threatening cat, and that another is a pheasant, not an owl. As they play games like "you-can't-catch-me-mouse" and "climb-the-tractor and sit-on-the-seat," Tiny feels brave until, during a game of "hide-and-seek-mouse" he wanders too far and is frightened. But Katy finds him and shows him a snail, a spider, and a boot which offers more play fun. When it' is time to go home, Tiny is ready to have another mouse adventure. This is a tale to encourage timid youngsters to try new ventures. Lawrence combines vinyl engravings with other media to produce exceptionally striking illustrations. Some, like the pheasant in full flight past a brilliant orange sun are stunning. There is a vintage look to the scenes partnered as they are with white areas holding the large, bold typeface text. The mice are appealing as the scamper through the fields. We grow anxious for their safety as we watch them, so tiny in the enormous world, and we are relieved to see them safely home. 2004, Candlewick Press, Ages 3 to 6.
—Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz