A Mouse Told His Mother

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At bedtime, a mouse announces to his mother that he is going on a journey, and with the help of his imagination, taking a bath, brushing his teeth, and putting on pajamas are transformed into a treasure dive, a mountain climb, and a round-the-world flight.

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About the Author:

Mary Jane Begin's illustrating career began as a student at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), where she now teaches illustration. Her award-winning children's picture book portfolio includes the recent re-release of Kenneth Grahame's classic tale The Wind in the Willows, A Mouse Told His Mother, Little Mouse's Painting, Before I Go To Sleep, The Porcupine Mouse and Jeremy's First Haircut. She has exhibited at the RISD Biennial (RI), Society of Illustrators (NY), the DeCordova Museum (MA), Books of Wonder Gallery (NY & CA), and other fine galleries nationwide. Her work has been featured in Communication Arts magazine and the Society of Illustrators Annual of American Illustration. She is the recipient of many awards, including The Steven Donahos Award and multiple Certificates of Merit from the Society of Illustrators, multiple Awards of Excellence from Communication Arts, the Critici Erba Prize at the Bologna Book Fair, Italy and First Place, Juvenile Trade, at the New York Book Show, New York. She has been a panelist and participant in numerous conferences and workshops, including the Rhode Island Festival of Children's Books and Authors, the National Family Literacy Conference, the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators Conference, and the NEA Teacher's Conference. She has lectured at local elementary schools throughout Rhode Island and southern Massachusetts. Mary Jane and her author husband, Mark Allio, live in Providence, RI

From Kirkus Reviews:

A mouse child, at bedtime, tells his mother that he's going on a trip--to the moon, to dive for pirate treasure, to fly an airplane around the world, to explore a spooky cave, etc. Each exploit is suggested by something he sees around him--the boat in his bathtub, a toy plane, the dark ``cave'' under his bed. Without contradicting him, his mother gently brings him back to earth--and nearer bed--each time by reminding him to take his toothbrush, pack and extra blanket, and ``lights out now.'' In the delightful point- counterpoint between parent and child, Roberts (with Patricia Hubbell, Camel Caravan, 1996) follows the model of Margaret Wise Brown's Runaway Bunny; the parent wins this one, too, when the tired mouse drifts off to sleep with a smile on his face. Children will have fun matching the mouse's adventures with the everyday objects that inspire them. Begin has imagined the domestic details of a mouse's world with winsome humor: twig furniture, an acorn-cap washbasin, a bathtub made from an empty catfood tin; the pictures not only enhance the story, but really make it work. (Picture book. 3-7) -- Copyright ©1997, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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