THE MOUSE BRIDE (Umbrella Books for Every Child)

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9780679832737: THE MOUSE BRIDE (Umbrella Books for Every Child)

A mother and father mouse search for the perfect husband for their beautiful daughter.

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Two mice, marveling at the perfection of their daughter, set out to find her an equally ideal mate in this pleasingly symmetrical folktale, a Mayan version to add to the spate of recent retellings from a range of cultures. "Who is the most powerful in the universe?" the parents ask the Moon, and thus begins a series of referrals. The Moon recommends the Sun, who "chases me from the sky"; but the Sun cedes the title of most powerful to the Cloud, who "blocks my light." The final suitor to be enlisted is, of course, a mouse ("Though I am very tall and stretch as far as you can see, " a Wall tells the mice, "I crumble when a mouse burrows through me"). Vanden Broeck's illustrations effectively contrast the soft shapes of the forest floor with the pre-Columbian-style representations of the Moon, Sun and other prospective bridegrooms. His blue and green palette suggests the rainforest inhabited by the Chol Indians, who retell this tale, according to an endnote, in order to help their children "make peace with the harsh sun and torrential rains of their home." Ages 4-8.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal:

PreSchool-Grade 3-A retelling of the traditional folktale about a pair of mice who consider their daughter to be a perfect creature and hope to marry her to the most powerful force in the universe, finally selecting a mouse as her husband. Versions exist in Japan, Burma, Ethiopia, Nepal, Korea, and France. According to Dupre's endnote, this one is based upon a fable told by the Choi Indians, who are descended from the Mayans. Broeck's illustrations reinforce this influence through their depiction of a stylized and almost mythic world. Executed in layers of watercolor, they are softened with spatters of paint. The colors are predominantly blue and green, and lean toward being a bit too saturated at times. The characters are portrayed in a lively manner, with the animals behaving in very human ways. Although it's a familiar story, this picture book, with its gentle illustrations, is well suited for sharing aloud.
Denise Anton Wright, Illinois State University, Normal
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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