PreS-Gr 2-Tad the mouse is too tiny to help with anything. He can't push a wheelbarrow full of watermelons for Pig, stack hay with Goat, paint a wall with Cow, or sit on Goose's eggs. However, when the animals are locked out of the barn and dinner's waiting inside, the mouse is just the right size to crawl through a crack in the wall and let everyone else in. His friends rejoice and Tad answers them with a loud "BURP" as he finishes a piece of the biggest pie. The bright watercolor paintings reflect the size difference between the mouse and the other creatures. In one picture, Tad is shown as being much larger than a ladybug, a bee, and a snail, effectively demonstrating that he is not the smallest creature in the world even though he may feel like he is. Children will enjoy the humor in the illustration of Tad trying to sit on Goose's eggs. Readers who have often been told that they are too small to do something will relish the fact that this creature is able to save the day. Suggest this book for one-on-one sharing or pair it with Tana Hoban's Is It Larger? Is It Smaller? (HarperTrophy, 1997) or Steve Jenkins's Big & Little (Houghton, 1996) for a storytime exploring the concept of size.-Sheilah Kosco, Rapides Parish Library, Alexandria, LA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Tad, a mouse, wants to help the other animals on the farm. Each time he offers, though, he's told he's too small. Only slightly discouraged, he decides to try again tomorrow when maybe he'll be bigger. He arrives home to find all his friends locked out and hungry. Only a small mouse can squeeze through a crack to let them in. It's certainly not nice of him to eat part of a pie while his friends watch hungrily through the window, but he does let them in to share the rest of the pies. Roddie's story is one everyone has heard before, but Lavis's sweet, pudgy critters in oversized watercolor illustrations would win anyone over. Nothing new, but not bad. (Picture book. 2-7)