Fear of the dark hinders Eleanora's going to sleep, but Mama helps to soothe her.
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ea. vol: illus. by Ruth Young. unpaged. CIP. Macmillan. 1987. PSm $8.95. PreSchool-K In this series, Eleanora Mou sie has a variety of common childhood problems which are resolved simply. At the end of each story a half dozen possible solutions are listed. The books are uninspired, bland, and mar ginal purchases. When Eleanora Mou sie Catches a Cold, Dr. Duck exam ines the sick mouse. The tips list includes calling a friend or reading a book when sick in bed. Eleanora Mou sie in the Dark begins with Papa telling a story before lights out. The advice page suggests a night walk with par ents and a night light. In Eleanora Mousie Makes a Mess , Fiona and Eleanora find that making and eating cupcakes is an acceptable way to be messy. Other ways to redirect messi ness into constructive activity, such as finger painting, are mentioned in the fi nal list. Eleanora Mousie's Gray Day begins with getting up on the wrong side of the bed on a rainy day. The fi nal page lists suggestions of what to do on a rainy day. Small attractive whim sical illustrations delicately colored in pencil and positioned on a white back ground suit the books; however, books such as Russell Hoban's Bedtime for Frances (Harper, 1960) and The Beren stain Bears and the Messy Room (Random, 1983) have better story develop ment. Jean Gaffney, Dayton and Montgomery County Public Library, Ohio
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Four books offer a light look at the trials and tribulations of young Eleanora Mousie. In Eleanora Mousie in the Dark, she lies in bed worrying about imaginary monsters and strange noises. Mama comes in, and with her reassurance comes sleep. Bedtime For Frances tells the same story much more persuasively: Frances learns to overcome her problem on her own, whereas Eleanora needs her mother's help to the end. Parents are nowhere to be found when Eleanora Mousie Catches a Cold; she calls Doctor Duck herself. That she caught the cold in the rain is only hinted at. And the continued presence of the doctor before and after she sleeps and dreams doesn't really make sense. At the end of each of these volumes is a "Don't Forget" section of ways to deal with problems. For example, kids who are afraid of the dark can "Make a 'shadow play"' on the wall. Morris's stories and suggestions are rather uninspired and don't merit the $8.95 price tag. Though Young's sprightly colored-pencil pictures are quite endearing, they deserve more focused stories. Ages 3-6.
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Book Description Macmillan Pub Co, 1991. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0027675300
Book Description Macmillan Pub Co, 1991. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 27675300