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. Volume XII Number 14 . . . . March 17, 2006
As fall approaches, Little Mouse notices that the nuts and fruits in the fields and trees are ripening, and she gets an idea. By helping various forest friends (Little Squirrel, Little Rabbit, Little Sparrow, and Little Bear) with their troubles, Little Mouse amasses a basket full of natural treats and heads back to Gran and Grandpa’s house to prepare a surprise Thank You party. All the little animal friends attend the party as well, and the grandparents are thrilled.
This is a simple, safe, and sweet “little” story, with no new plot turns or twists to confuse young listeners. The excitement of this book is in its illustrations and its textured cover and pages. The cover is flocked and embossed in green velvet. Each page of the book is made of thick card with embossed details from the illustrations – Little Mouse’s straw hat, the tips of green onions in the garden, and small insect details are all given special treatment on the first page, for example. Toddlers will love the chance to run their hands over the colourful and carefully drawn illustrations while the comforting story is being read to them. The pages are sturdy enough to stand up to many handlings.
Grace Sheppard is a Children’s Librarian with the Ottawa Public Library in Ottawa, ON.
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