Leo Lionni's Little Mice Tales Boxed Set (Frederick, Matthew's Dream, Geraldine the Music Mouse, Tillie and the Wall)

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9780375826153: Leo Lionni's Little Mice Tales Boxed Set (Frederick, Matthew's Dream, Geraldine the Music Mouse, Tillie and the Wall)
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Leo Lionni’s signature mice are the stars of this boxed-set edition of four picture book classics. Not one word or illustration has been deleted from this collection, which includes Frederick, a Caldecott Honor Book about a poet field mouse whose happy memories help his family endure the darkest days of winter; Matthew’s Dream, the story of a young mouse who dreams one night of ‘playful patches of color’ and goes on to paint great things; Geraldine, the Music Mouse, a simple fable about a mouse who discovers a passion for music; and Tillie and the Wall, the story of a determined mouse who longs to discover the unknown world on the other side of the wall in her meadow.

Each hardcover book has an attractive small trim size and the boxed set is being offered at an affordable price. Leo Lionni’s Little Mice Tales is the perfect gift to introduce new readers to the magic of Leo Lionni.

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Four classic Leo Lionni mouse fables are collected in one handsome box set, just the right size for small hands. Lionni’s familiar torn-paper collages with their gorgeous earthy colors will become immediate favorites for a whole new generation of readers. Caldecott Honor book Frederick, about a contemplative mouse who dreams away the summer while others harvest food for the winter, joins three lesser known but equally wonderful stories. Each features a protagonist who follows her or his heart, in spite of the scoffing and opposition of others. In Matthew’s Dream, a mouse discovers his passion for art after a trip to a museum. Tillie in Tillie and the Wall fantasizes about what is on the other side of the wall alongside her meadow home, and eventually overcomes her community’s resistance to venture forth and find out. Geraldine (Geraldine the Music Mouse) nibbles away at a hunk of cheese to create a sculpture of a flute-playing mouse, which then, magically, begins to play music.

This splendid collection of quiet, thought-provoking tales is enjoyable on many levels, for readers of all ages. Lovely! (Ages 3 to 7) --Emilie Coulter

About the Author:

Leo Lionni wrote and illustrated more than 40 picture books for young readers, including four Caldecott Honor Books. He died in 1999 at the age of 89.

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