A MOUSE SO SMALL
Illustrated by: Caroline Pedler
Published by: Little Tiger Press 2015
Ages: 3 – 6 years
Theme: size, friendship, caring
Opening Lines: A cold wind rustled through the wood. “Autumn is nearly over,” Bear told Millie Mouse. “It’s time for my long winter sleep.” Millie gave Bear a hug. His tummy rumbled. “Are you hungry?” she asked.
Synopsis: It’s time for Bear to go to sleep for the winter, and even though he’s hungry, he doesn’t have time to eat first. His best friend, Molly, wants to help him and decides to gather food for him — a task that proves to be very tricky for a small mouse! She might be small but she has a BIG heart.
Why I like this: Caroline’s soft coloured pencil and watercolour illustrations are gorgeous adding a whimsical touch to an already very cute story. The story has everything, heart; right from the first page little Molly the mouse gives Bear a hug and shows concern for her big burly friend. An unlikely friendship; no matter size, shape or colour, friendship knows no bounds. The rule of three’s appearing; in Molly’s attempt to pick the blackberries, then the offers of help from three friendly critters. Her attempts to get the fruit to Bear before he takes his winter nap and there are even three blackberries. The tension builds when she loses the fruit down the hill and Molly learns it’s the thought that counts. Such an awe ending and a cover that you just have to pick up, kids will love this.
Resources/Findings: Angela McAllister is a published adapter, author (over 30 books), illustrator, and a narrator of children’s books. Some of the published credits of Angela McAllister include Blue Rabbit, Jack and Lily, Adventures of Little Wombat, and Digory and the Lost King. A link to other books you may wish to locate… https://www.jacketflap.com/angela-mcallister/8234
A great link on how to be a good friend, what to do and not do… http://www.cyh.com/HealthTopics/HealthTopicDetailsKids.aspx?p=335&id=1636&np=286
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