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Ethel Pochocki, illustrated by David Catrow

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ISBN 10: 0805012982 / ISBN 13: 9780805012989
Published by Henry Holt and Co., New York, 1990
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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6 x 8 in. Cloth and paper boards. Signed by Pochock on ffepi, with a dedication. Condition is NEAR FINE ; like new on all points but cloth is mildly foxed, as is upper text block. DJ is FINE ; not price-clipped, like new. Child. Stax. Bookseller Inventory # 22997

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Publisher: Henry Holt and Co., New York

Publication Date: 1990

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First edition, as stated

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Recounts the adventures of a family of mice as they go shopping in the humans' kitchen, discover useful items in the attic, and celebrate Christmas

From School Library Journal:

This unusual fantasy presents a very tiny horse chestnut whose sentiments are reported to readers and a family of mice who live in the attic of a deserted dollhouse. The mice are delighted to find the chestnut because it fits their scale of things and is useful as a ball, a footstool, a paperweight, or a doorstop. Most of the book concerns the mouse family's lifestyle and their entertaining adventures. The chestnut re-enters the story at the end, when the family uses it as the Baby Jesus in their creche. Some may find this touching, others will not. The book concludes with a condescending moral: even a tiny horse chestnut can be loved in a small way if it can make itself useful. While children will enjoy the adventures and the descriptions of the mouse lifestyle, they may be put off by the expressions of adult sensibilities. Pen-and-ink drawings are scattered throughout and add interest to the book. For delightful, straightforward animal or Lilliputian fantasy, O'Brien's Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH (Atheneum, 1971) and Norton's The Borrowers (HBJ, 1953) are hard to beat. --Virginia Golodetz, St. Michael's College, Winooski, VT
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