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Mitt, the Michigan Mouse (Mitt Midwest) Hardcover – April 18, 2006

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About the Author

Kathy-jo Wargin is the best-selling author of numerous children's books, including The Legend of Sleeping Bear. She has received many awards for her work, among them an International Reading Association Children's Choice Award for The Legend of the Loon and an IRA Teacher's Choice Award for Win One for the Gipper. In 2006 her first chapter book, Mitt, the Michigan Mouse, was published to launch a series on the midwest states. She lives in Minnesota with her family, photographer Ed Wargin and their son Jake.

Karen Busch Holman, a BFA graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, is the illustrator for the Mitt and Minn Midwest Series. Karen’s work as an illustrator first appeared in G is for Granite, A New Hampshire Alphabet, and its companion book, Primary Numbers, which solidified her career as an illustrator. She is also the creator of the art that adorns every New Hampshire Heirloom Birth Certificate. More of her work can be seen throughout New Hampshire in support of the Arts Council and in regional magazines and publications. She has actively shared her love of art with many elementary school children throughout New England. Karen now lives in Loveland, Ohio.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 7
  • Series: Mitt Midwest (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Mitten Press (April 18, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1587263033
  • ISBN-13: 978-1587263033
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.9 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,370,163 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kathy-jo Wargin is the bestselling author of more than 45 books such as the children's classic The Legend of Sleeping Bear, 2001 IRA Children's Choice Award Winner The Legend of the Loon, IRA Teacher's Choice Award Winner Win One for the Gipper, Bank Street College of Education Best Book Listee The Voyageur's Paddle, and newly released Alfred Nobel, The Man Behind the Peace Prize. She has also written two widely successful coffee table books titled Michigan, The Spirit of the Land and The Great Lakes Cottage Book, working in collaboration with her husband, Great Lakes photographer Ed Wargin.

Kathy-jo Wargin was born and raised on the iron range of northern Minnesota, and studied music composition at the University of Minnesota-Duluth. She has been writing professionally for more than twenty years, and is dedicated to the creation and promotion of quality literature for children. She is a frequent guest speaker at reading conferences throughout the nation such as IRA, MAME, MRA and more. In addition, she regularly visits school systems to perform large and small group presentations and teacher in-service programs, as well as frequent book signing tours and promotional events. Kathy-jo Wargin and family reside in Minnetonka, Minnesota.

Her newest book is titled Moose on the Loose. Here's what School Library Journal has to say: PreS-Gr 1-This rhyming text begins by asking: "What/would you do/with a moose/on the loose?/Would you chase him,/or race him,/or stand up to face him?" As the book continues, the creature becomes more daring, and children will delight in the antics of both the moose and its young human companion. Bold, bright, cartoonlike illustrations capture the action in a humorous style, inviting readers to look closely at all the details. The large boldfaced type complements the illustrations and action. Colorful spreads and simple rhymes will make this whimsical story a hit.-Margaret R. Tassia, Millersville University, PA

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I just finished pre-reading this book for my son; he loves nature and animal stories. Although this book is below his reading level, I think he will enjoy the story. The chapters are very short, which is wonderful for younger children. One of the big positives of this book are the wonderful pencil drawings throughout. Without the drawings, the book would be o.k.; they really add alot to the story. Also, the map inside the covers is interesting to study and follow along while reading. I found the end of the story a little disappointing, but I think the author was trying to setup for another book.

Personally, I found only two concerns as far as content of the book. These truly are personal, and I realize that although many people do have a different perspectives according to their situation, I will share to make people aware. Despite these concerns, my son is old enough that he is aware of these issues, and we talk about them. So, these are things that are definitely up to each families situation of course.

#1....Mitt, the main character, was 'orphaned' and he has no idea where his parents or any of his siblings are. This message is brought up sporadically throughout the book, but not overly dwelled upon (so nicely handled). While this can be disturbing and fearful for some children, especially at younger ages...many children/families will find this fine, and a healthy way to deal with some tough things of life. One other character in the book is also in a similar situation, but there is a good surprise, that has a great message.

#2....There are just a couple mentions of environmental situations and "evils of man on nature"....I am not an environmentalist as so much of it is political and blown way out of proportion.
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Kathy-jo Wargin is one of my favorite children's authors. Her books are always entertaining, informative and educational. She fills her books with loveable people and animals that you root for and want more of when the story is done. Mitt, the Michigan Mouse is no exception.

Karen Busch Holman's black and white illustrations are inviting, detailed and contribute to the story's flavor.

Mitt is a white-footed mouse who has always lived in the woods in northern Michigan. And even though he has only faint memories of his mother, father and siblings, he's a happy mouse with a cozy home. His home is made of thick red wool mitten and is secreted in a white spruce tree.

When Mitt leaves his home to attend a birthday party, a young boy and his dog come to play in the woods. The dog finds Mitt's home, snatches it up and takes it with him. When Mitt returns and finds his home missing, and the animals tell him who has taken it, he is determined to track down his mitten.

Thus begins Mitts exciting adventure that spans many months. Mitt faces many dangers on his journey and meets many new friends along the way. But it isn't until the wolverine Tekla talks to Mitt that he learns the key to finding what he is looking for.

I didn't want it to end.

Armchair Interviews says: This delightful book will thrill middle readers with Mitt's adventures and they will excitedly await the next installment in this series.
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Mitt the Michigan Mouse is the best book ever! This book is about a brave and daring little mouse named Mitt who tries to find his mitten. But does he? Digby and his owner ran into the woods right by Mitt's mitten where he lived. Digby snatched Mitt's mitten and scampered away! Mitt returned to his mitten and noticed it was gone! Will he ever find it? The adventure starts in a forest in Michigan and leads him all around the state. We love the part where Digby steals the mitten because it starts the whole adventure. He comes close to getting it back when he sees it through the window of Digby's house. What happens next? You will have to read the book to find out! In this book you learn to be kind to others, stay away from danger and never leave home alone! You have to read Mitt the Michigan Mouse. It is the bomb!! Throughout this book you will experience many emotions with Mitt. Our class gives it 5 stars! We recommend this book to kids of all ages who love adventure! Warning! It will leave you hanging!
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As someone that lives in Michigan I was excited to see what this book would be like and what my kids would think about it. I read this with my kids and one of the first thing that was great was that the chapters were short, and we could get through the book very quickly. My eldest daughter even read this a second time by herself (she is is in second grade and this was a perfect reading level for her). Not only was the story itself a lot of fun, but the illustrator has placed some very cool pencil drawings throughout the book. You and your kids will have a blast following the travels of Mitt. This was a great story for the whole family!
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