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PreSchool-Grade 1—Squeak reminds her friend Pip not to forget Gus's birthday present as the two mice rush to his party. But there's freshly fallen snow and an exciting ride on an envelope-turned-sled, and the cheese is forgotten. With no time to turn back, Pip tries to find a substitute, each of which is rejected by his companion. Then he spots something big and orange on the face of a snowman. Surely it must be cheese? At this point, children will be shouting out that it's a carrot, not cheese, and will share in Squeak's concern when Pip falls into the snow. The mouse lands safely, and the two proceed to the festivities with the new gift. The party scene, with charming details of acorn-top cups and bottle-cap hats, delivers the surprise that the birthday boy is a rabbit, making a carrot the perfect present after all. The spare, uncluttered images will make easy viewing for storytimes, although the intended humor of the large gnome, flamingo, and other lawn statuary that populate the snowy pages may be lost on young children. An appealing if not essential pick.—Susan Moorhead, New Rochelle Public Library, NY
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Pip and Squeak, two mice, have been invited to a birthday party for their friend Gus, and their gift, a lump of cheese, is wrapped with a bow. But a huge snow has fallen, and getting to the party isn't easy: sliding on a letter, walking the tightrope of a clothesline. It's only later that Squeak notices that Pip has forgotten the cheese. Now what? There are a few items that seem like possible gifts. Would Gus like the plastic pink flamingo buried in the snow? Finally, the mice spot a carrot functioning as a snowman's nose; at least they can carry it. Pip thinks Gus won't like it, but in a surprise ending, Gus (a bunny), likes it very much. This simple yet clever story gets literal breadth by its spacious design. Several of the spreads are taken up by snowy landscapes. Some feature close-ups from unexpected angles, and everything is designed to show things from a mouse's perspective. Schoenherr's draftsmanship is quite fine; Pip and Squeak look like real mice, albeit adventurous ones. Ilene Cooper
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwillow Books; First Edition edition (December 26, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060872535
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060872533
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 0.2 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,519,999 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Owens on February 7, 2007
Format: Hardcover
My daughter loves this book and she is only 8 months old. It is a sweet and charming book about 2 mice trying to find the perfect birthday gift for their friend. The illustrations are also amazing. I am telling all my friends about this book, I am so glad that we got it as a Christmas gift!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By I. Vorde on October 10, 2007
Format: Hardcover
The book is apparently very simple. But the illustrations are full of details that children discover and love. My 2 year old boy wants to have it read once and again.
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By Brooke Beimler on April 25, 2015
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I love this book! I use for a take how journal writing activity in Kindergarten using 2 mice, this book, and a writing journal. The kids love the book and it is great for them to challenge themselves reading seeing as though the pages are filled with justttt enough words with great illustrations :). The ending is also ADORABLE. I would highly recommend this book for a winter gift, a classroom winter read aloud staple, or just a fun book to read with your child during the cold winter months.
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By RMH on October 16, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This is a charming but simple story. Very imaginative. Wonderful illustrations. My four-year-old loves it, and quite frankly, so do I!
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