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Brave Mouse
     

Brave Mouse

by Michaela Morgan, Michelle Cartlidge (Illustrator)
 

Lots of things frighten Little Mouse: dark shadows, bright lights, loud noises. Sometimes he just doesn't want to do things the other little mice do, and they tease him and call him names. A charming story of how Little Mouse learns that standing up for yourself, and being able to say 'NO!' to your friends, can make you a very Brave Mouse indeed!

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Lots of things frighten Little Mouse: dark shadows, bright lights, loud noises. Sometimes he just doesn't want to do things the other little mice do, and they tease him and call him names. A charming story of how Little Mouse learns that standing up for yourself, and being able to say 'NO!' to your friends, can make you a very Brave Mouse indeed!

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From the Publisher
Little Mouse can help people stand up and say 'no' when necessary, or to be brave and have a go at even the scariest of things which may not be quite so scary once tried, and that actually could be great fun!
Children's Literature - Lois Rubin Gross
A sweet-as-marzipan British import features a large-eared toddler mouse in overalls who is scared on many new experiences. Babysitters and swimming pools are not his cup of tea. Dark shadows, loud noises, and lightning frighten him. However, he has an inner voice that reassures him of his bravery in rhyming couplets. He reassures himself that if he is "a brave little mouse" and "has a go" at unfamiliar activities, no harm will come to him. Generally he finds that that the activities he fears are not only tame but often enjoyable, and he gains confidence with each new conquest of his fear. However, when a big kid on the playground tells him he is a "scaredy mouse" for not playing on the larger pieces of play equipment, Brave Mouse has another talk with himself and realizes that he has the inner strength to make the right decisions for himself and doesn't need to go along with the crowd. There is a terrifically strong message in this simple tale about how we can try new things with success, but also set sensible limits even in the face of peer pressure. The British terms may require a little explanation, but this is a minor point. The greater problem is that the illustrations are small for sharing and appear to be pencil drawn and pastel washed. This book will work best as a lap-sit for very little ones. Older children can visit a recommended website on which the story is signed for hearing impaired children or children who are fascinated with sign language. Reviewer: Lois Rubin Gross

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781847801104
Publisher:
Frances Lincoln Children's Books
Publication date:
08/24/2010
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.20(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.10(d)
Age Range:
3 - 6 Years

Meet the Author

Pat Morgan is an experienced freelance author and consultant, writing mostly children's nonfiction books on natural history, environment, the sciences, and geography. She has written more than 250 titles to date and lives in London.Michelle Cartlidge was born in London. She became a student at both Hornsey College of Art and the Royal College of Art studying Ceramics. Her first book, Pippen and Pod won the Mother Goose Award. Her Teddy Trucks books were made into a BBC TV cartoon series.

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