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Upstairs Mouse, Downstairs Mole (A Mouse and Mole Story) Hardcover – September 26, 2005


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 510L (What's this?)
  • Series: A Mouse and Mole Story
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (September 26, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0618473130
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618473137
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 6.1 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,526,352 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 3–Aptly dedicated to Friends of Frog and Toad, this delightful beginning reader introduces two endearing neighbors. In the first chapter, Mouse inadvertently sends all her dirt cascading onto Mole's pristine floor when she sweeps. When he confronts her, they learn that with a bit of ingenuity and cooperation, they can clean both floors and still have time to plant a garden. In The Invitations, the new friends attempt to share a meal, but their innate differences–Mole likes his house damp and dark and eats worms, Mouse likes the warm sun and prefers cheese–make it impossible. Next, the animals find clever ways to reconcile their dissimilarities: Mole presents Mouse with some candles to use when she visits, and she gives him a pair of sunglasses. In the final entry, Mole surprises Mouse with a rowboat. Although it's missing an oar, they manage to have fun. The next day, Mouse has a surprise of her own–a new paddle to make A pair…like you and me! The expressive bamboo-pen and watercolor with colored-pencil illustrations capture the humor of the situations as well as the emotions of the characters. With its controlled vocabulary, repetition, and humor, this tale of friendship also introduces opposites, homophones, and letter writing. A real winner.–Barbara Auerbach, New York City Public Schools
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From Booklist

Gr. 1-3. Mouse and Mole are neighbors, but it seems their differences outweigh the pluses of friendship. Mouse sweeps her apartment in a tree, and the dirt falls into Mole's house, below. When Mole invites Mouse over, he serves her worms, which Mouse doesn't like. When Mouse invites Mole over, she serves him cheese, which Mole doesn't find appetizing. But step-by-step, the duo works through misunderstandings and disagreements, leading to the strong message that thinking about one another is the way to bolster a relationship. Yee's watercolor-and-ink illustrations are diminutive, but their charm is pervasive. This is not part of an established easy reader series, but it certainly works as one in terms of both subject and design. Kids will develop reading skills and come away with a lesson in friendship. Ilene Cooper
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Warm sunny days are outdoor days; bike riding days, running days. Cold, wet, snowy days are indoor days; writing days, illustrating days. In Michigan, there are plenty of days for writing and illustrating. Just as well, I do have to make a living. And I can think of nothing better than writing and illustrating children's books. For more about me and my books visit my blog and website at: wongherbertyee.blogspot.com

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My daughter loves these books.
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It's a great gift for the little ones love to read, it has a decent cover, very interesting charactors in the story and cute pictures.
Willa
This is the first book we read from this writer.
Jennifer Sik

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kay Gray on August 14, 2008
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This has been a longstanding favorite with my 2 youngest granddaughters who want to listen to it every time they visit. A pleasant story of 2 neighbors who overcome their differences with tolerance & thoughtfulness. A timeless treasure that teaches while it entertains.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Sik on April 2, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This is the first book we read from this writer. We are going to read more of course. Mouse and Mole are so different, but with respect and efforts, they become good friends. The first story; Clean and Tidy, is our favorite because Mouse and Mole resolved a conflict by working together. Through the story, readers learn to respect others and come up with creative solutions to resolve a problem. What a wonderful message send to young readers!

The other three stories are great too. The writer is excellent in using the characters to tell what great friends will do; be considerate, caring and respectful.

Hope there are more books like that.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ohioan on February 7, 2012
Format: Library Binding
This early reader contains four stories featuring Mouse, who lives upstairs in a tree, and Mole, who lives downstairs. The four stories are:

"Clean and Tidy," in which Mouse and Mole work out a solution on who should sweep his or her house at what time of day;
"The Invitations," in which Mouse and Mole each invite the other over for a meal, only to discover that the food Mole likes, Mouse doesn't, and vice versa;
"Kind, Good Neighbors," in which Mouse and Mole each realize that the other didn't enjoy the meal;
"The Boat," in which Mouse and Mole go rowing in a boat that has only one oar.

The stories, sometimes subtly, sometimes openly, illustrate cooperation, friendship, thoughtfulness, consideration of others, and working together. There is a bit of sameness to the stories and they're a bit predictable, but children who are beginning to think of others will enjoy them.
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By PAN1883 on July 10, 2014
Format: Library Binding Verified Purchase
Sweet illustrations!
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