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Mouse Views: What the Class Pet Saw Hardcover – March, 1993


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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 2-- Distinguished full-color photographs and bold, simple text take beginning readers and a class pet on a mysterious journey over rulers, erasers, piano keys, and other common sites of a typical elementary school. Mouse Views is similar in concept to the popular "Look Again" books by Tana Hoban (Greenwillow) in showing that things are not always as they appear. However, without using a cutaway window, McMillan is able to trick and amuse readers by focusing his camera on the interesting colors, shapes, and familiar patterns that young children will delight in discovering as they turn each page to follow the mouse's meanderings. Sharp full-page photographs with accompanying lively narrative make this an excellent read-aloud, while independent readers will also enjoy predicting the mouse's destination and then turning each page to reveal his actual location from a slightly different angle. A map at the end of the book traces the mouse's jaunt through the school. --Myra R. Oleynik, Pleasant Valley Elementary School, McMurray, PA
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Kirkus Reviews

``Chase,'' a brown mouse, explores Maine's Margaret Chase Smith School while McMillan snaps a dozen familiar objects and places from the pet's closeup point of view; then, overleaf, he backs off to show the appealing little creature investigating the same, now-captioned, setting. The guessing game that results-- it's not always easy to identify objects like a worn end of chalk, a stack of trays, or piano keys in closeup--is just one of several features here. The mouse tours the whole school (classrooms, gym, library, etc.), implicitly outlining a day's activities; there's also an outside photo of the school and a ``map'': a floorplan with the mouse's route. In addition, McMillan's vibrant, beautifully composed color photos are an inspiring demonstration of the intriguing patterns that can be found in everyday things. Note on production and participants. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 4-8) -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Holiday House; 1st edition (March 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823410080
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823410088
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 10.2 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.9 ounces
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,442,771 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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