Mouse House Tales (Blue Apple Chapters)

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9781609050504: Mouse House Tales (Blue Apple Chapters)

It's two full stories in one charming mouse-filled book! With assistance from her animal friends--some helpful, some not-so-much--Mouse puts together the structure and furnishings of her nice little house. Her snug home has everything she needs, or so she thinks. In the next story, one night she hears scary noises and sets out to trap the intruding "ghost"--only to discover that a hungry, homeless mouse has been hiding in her nice little house! Mack offers to do all sorts of chores in return for a roof over his head. Mouse accepts his offer and his company, and now her nice little house truly becomes a home.

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Susan Pearson is a former publisher whose books for children include picture books, chapter books, mysteries, and collections of verse. She describes herself as "lucky" to be doing what she loves, "a detective" always in search of the right word or idea, and "a gardener" who likes to grow things both in the dirt and on the page (and where she often finds book-inspiring slugs). Slugs in Love and How to Teach a Slug to Read are among her recent books. Ms. Pearson shares her home with an "endlessly entertaining" cat named Archie.

Amanda Shepherd knew she would be an artist back in kindergarten and has since illustrated five children's books, and earned starred reviews. Originally from the Pacific Northwest, she lives in Texas with her husband Garbo and Polly, their "hurricane baby cat." 

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PreS-Gr 2—Two stories for beginning readers about Mouse and her new home. First, Mouse wants a house, and she wants to build it beneath a certain tree. Mole offers to dig the hole, Beaver chews her a nice wood floor, and Goat brings some cheese. Her friends make her everything from curtains to furniture, and, once again, Goat brings some cheese. When they are finished and the house is looking just right, Goat brings, well, you know. Time to eat! In "Mystery Mouse," Mouse is happy in her new home until she begins to hear strange noises in the night, so her friends present their own special brand of traps to snare the intruder. Spider spins a web, and Bunny scatters peas on the floor, but Goat is skeptical. "It won't work," he says. Later that night, Goat is proven right and proposes his own solution. A menagerie of animals with distinct personalities and snappy wardrobes brings these simple tales of friendship and fun to life. Shepherd's pen, watercolor, and mixed-media art provides exceptional appeal. Attention to detail and the exaggerated features of the characters enhance the merriment. Lots of fun for reading aloud, shared reading, or beginning readers alike. A first purchase.—Carol Connor, Cincinnati Public Schools, OH

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