Whitefoot: A Story from the Center of the World

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Whitefoot is a field mouse, a small creature with “elegant whiskers” and a “reddish brindly tan” coat. She lives within a cozy enclave of family at the edge of the woods, where she knows, without a doubt, that she exists at the center of her world. What she doesn’t know is that not far from her safe haven there is a house, and a river, a world of such size and magnitude that she cannot even imagine it, small as she is.

One day, rain floods Whitefoot’s home, lifts her in its ...

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Overview

Whitefoot is a field mouse, a small creature with “elegant whiskers” and a “reddish brindly tan” coat. She lives within a cozy enclave of family at the edge of the woods, where she knows, without a doubt, that she exists at the center of her world. What she doesn’t know is that not far from her safe haven there is a house, and a river, a world of such size and magnitude that she cannot even imagine it, small as she is.

One day, rain floods Whitefoot’s home, lifts her in its currents, and carries her far away, leading Whitefoot on a great adventure—one in which she must encounter new experiences and frightening challenges to her survival. The discovery of the universe around her, and of her own ability to survive within it, is a lesson sure to resonate with children and adults alike.

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This small-format, gifty offering from an acclaimed author is not necessarily a children's book; the story it tells, in prose, will absorb adult admirers of literary craftsmanship as thoroughly as it does children. When Whitefoot the mouse is flooded out of her nest and carried downstream on a log-and most of the book relates this journey-she owes her survival to her innate skills. Every detail merits the closest observation: "Her ears were listening into the slur and spatter around her. Her nose was intelligently sniffing....The voice in her mind was saying, 'Seeds! Seeds! Look around!'" If Te Selle's densely detailed black-and-white drawings were any more realistic, readers would be able to see Whitefoot's tiny furry body breathing. Though everything that happens takes place an inch off the ground, Berry finds a heroic dimension to Whitefoot, and his gift is to make readers feel it, too. Ages 7-12. (Jan.)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781582436401
  • Publisher: Counterpoint Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/2010
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 487,374
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 6.80 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2009

    This is a charming story. At first I thought of it as a child's book because of the length but then as I read it, I realized it is much more contemplative than the usual children's story.

    It teaches us that the center of our world can change but that it does not necessarily change who we are.

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