Purpose of this Blog...

You may have noticed that not all books are equal in capturing children's imaginations and in cultivating those innocent, tender souls. My goal is to help you find the ones that do!
(Painting by Mary Cassatt: "Mrs Cassatt Reading to her Grandchildren" -1888)

Monday, November 29, 2010


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...NOT EVEN A MOUSE!  Seems like mice turn up everywhere in children's literature!  Who could ever forget C.S. Lewis' "Reepicheep", E.B. White's "Stuart Little", or Leo Leonni's "Alexander"?   Here are some fun winter and Christmas tales that feature these furry little creatures...

WINTER STORY by Jill Barklem.  (ages 4-8). The author spent five years researching before she started her stories of the mice of Brambly Hedge.  This winter story is highlighted by a Snow Ball, as the mice set to work to make an "Ice Hall" for the festivites.

THE MITTEN by Alvin Tresselt, illustrated by Yaroslova. (ages 4-8). Based on a Ukrainian folktale...deep in the forest on the coldest day of winter a little boy drops his mitten. The mitten stretches and stretches -- and stretches -- to provide shelter for many woodland creatures, the first of whom is a little mouse.

CHRISTMAS MICE by Richard Scarry.  (ages toddler-preschool).  This Little Golden Treasures book may be hard to find, but it was a favorite of my kids.  Two little mice awaken on Christmas morning and find presents left by Santa.  Even something for them...

MR. WILLOWBY'S CHRISTMAS TREE by Robert Barry (ages 4-8).  Your children will love this rhyming story about all the places Mr. Willowby's trimmed treetop is shared (unbeknown to him), with the very tip top ending up in a mouse family's hole.

To read my past post about more MOUSE tales, click HERE.

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