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Mouse, the Cat, and Grandmother's Hat, The Hardcover – April 1, 2003


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You Nest Here With Me
What could be more sleep-inducing than a story that is both comforting in its content and expository in its intent? You Nest Here with Me is destined to become a bedtime classic. See more books by Jane Yolen and Heidi Stemple for ages 3 - 5

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 1-This rhyming story enumerates a string of occurrences that befalls a family when a mouse lodges under the birthday hat that Grandmother is wearing. The cat spies its prey and pounces as the mouse dashes across the floor, causing the cake platter to totter. In a bizarre turn of events, the cake comes to life, sprouts arms, and runs off. The story ends with the possibility of additional disaster: the sound of a bee in Grandmother's purse. Not as imaginative as Willard's other work or as humorous as Laura Numeroff's If You Give a Mouse a Cookie (HarperCollins, 1985) or Audrey Wood's The Napping House (Harcourt, 1984), the book is redeemed by Mattheson's charming oil paintings. The large illustrations in soft pastel colors set against a bright yellow background make this title ideal for group sharing.
Laurie Edwards, West Shore School District, Camp Hill, PA
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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PreS-Gr. 1. Using the familiar format of "This is the house that Jack built," Willard works her particular wizardry, beginning with a mouse who manages to get under Grandmother's purple, rose-bedizened cha peau. This interests the cat to no end, but the children and other relatives are preparing to bring out the birthday cake for Grandmother. Then, "This is the mouse that tickled my shoe / as I carried the cake that jiggled and bounced / when the hungry cat gave a yowl and pounced." The cake takes itself right out the door, the mouse escapes, the cake is gone, and the distraught family says, "Things couldn't be worse!" Oh yes, they could, for "I hear a bee / in Grandmother's purse." Mattheson's oils start out in demure oval frames, then move to full pages and double-page spreads as the action heats up. The colors are rich and warm, suitable for the Victorian dress and decor; her figures are made of geometric shapes--circles, triangles, angles, points. A delicious read-aloud full of giggles. GraceAnne DeCandido
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Product Details

  • Grade Level: Preschool - 1
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown; 1 edition (April 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316940062
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316940061
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 8.8 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,349,313 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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We purchased this book after several library renewals. Our daughter loved it age 2 1/2, and still loves it a year later. A cake running away tickles her funny bone - and she loves to follow the "bee" that shows up during the chaos to obviously bring more chaos, but that's up to the reader's imagination. She also loves the illustrations and the way the family put up all the "right" party decorations.
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By mvrc on May 12, 2014
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I am a big fan of Nancy Willard's work. This is a wonderfully engaging children's story with a cute rwist at the end that my children enjoyed at bed time when when they were small. I bought this so that my grandchildren can also be delighted by the mouse, cat & grandmother's hat.
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