Tuesday, January 22, 2008

More Mice for Spring Festival

Ready? Here are some more mice books for ya!

First up, (from comments - thank you!) is the Newbery Metal winner and kid favorite, Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh. Originally published in 1972, this young adult tale by Robert C. O'Brien tells the story of "Mrs. Frisby, a widowed mouse with four small children, [who] must move her family to their summer quarters immediately, or face almost certain death. But her youngest son, Timothy, lies ill with pneumonia and must not be moved. Fortunately, she encounters the rats of NIMH, an extraordinary breed of highly intelligent creatures, who come up with a brilliant solution to her dilemma." (from Amazon.com)

Next we have a book that was also suggested in the comments section (thanks, Mom) by a children's lit lover and veteran preschool teacher: The Dark at the Top of the Stairs. She wrote: [this] is also a great story about some mice children who want to explore in spite of their grandfathers admonitions about what is at the top of the basement stairs (a cat!). A sweet story about courage, fears and exploration.

I wanted to recommend one of my favorite stories to tell and to give: The Little Mouse, the Red, Ripe Strawberry, and the Big, Hungry Bear by Don and Audrey Wood, illustrated by Don Wood. Child's Play Ltd, 1991.

The Woods are among my favorite illustrators, with so many delightful and stunning books to their esteemed name, I don't know where to start. They bring to life this adorable story about a mouse who must eat his strawberry before the big, hungry bear comes to take it. It's a toddler and preschool age delight.

Finally, please do check out several mouse stories by Ellen Stoll, a few of which are Mouse Match, Mouse Paint, and Mouse Count. Those chubby critters are sure to please the babes and toddlers in your life.

I wanted to mention that, in looking for the graphics for this post, I came upon a great site that actually has an index of mouse tales! Here it is: Penn State Center for the Book. I'd still love your thoughts on mouse books, and any other crafty Chinese New Year ideas!

1 comment:

ArtMind said...

OK, I know moles don't have anything to do with this (nor with the year of the mouse) but if you love childrens books (like I do), you should search for Roslyn Schwartz her 'mole-sister'-series.
I got goosebumps when I read those! :)