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Welcome Home, Mouse Hardcover – September 28, 2010


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Lexile Measure: 530L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Tricycle Press (September 28, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1582462771
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582462776
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 9.2 x 10.1 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: #939,478 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 1–A sweet story of an eager-to-please but clumsy young elephant. Stanley wants to assist his mother in the kitchen but is more of a hindrance than a help, so she sends him to the store for tomatoes. On the way, he accidentally smashes a mouse's pumpkin home. The poor mouse has lost everything and Stanley pledges to fix his mistake. Employing his imagination, he picks up a variety of items including walnut shells, acorn caps, a lace doily, a bottle cap, and an assortment of items from the recycle bin on his porch. Beginning with the tomato box, he creatively uses his found objects to construct a cozy home for his grateful new friend. The fascinating illustrations made from watercolors, ink, pastels, and colored pencils feature two simply drawn plump gray elephants and a small tan mouse placed on intricately assembled collage backgrounds. The collages appear to include postage stamps, a braided rug, wallpaper, pieces of quilts and pottery as well as hand-cut leaves. Using one's imagination, repairing a mistake, and making a new friend are some of the themes contained in this charming story.Maryann H. Owen, Racine Public Library, WI
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Stanley the young elephant is a bit of a clumsy fellow. This is proven when, on the way to the store, he throws a ball and knocks down Mouse’s house. Remorseful, he tells Mouse he’ll build her a new one, but Mouse is doubtful even as Stanley begins collecting a box, a doily, and other items with which to decorate. When the duo returns to Stanley’s home, where Mother is waiting for the tomatoes to make pizza, the elephant gets to work. Some snipping, gluing, and arranging result in an adorable house, complete with a bed, a table, and stamps pasted on the walls as art. This has all the hallmarks of a good picture book for preschoolers: a straightforward story line, an acknowledgment of feelings, and delightful artwork, here done in Kleven’s signature style. Mixed-media collage combines with watercolors, ink, pastels, and colored pencils to make cozy pictures with plenty of patterns and lots of texture that enhance an already solid story. Preschool-Kindergarten. --Ilene Cooper

More About the Author

As a child Elisa Kleven loved to make miniature, make believe worlds using art supplies, scraps, and imagination. She's still using that same joyful imagination today as she creates her picture books.

Elisa's many books include THE LION AND THE LITTLE RED BIRD and THE PAPER PRINCESS, both of which have been adapted as theater productions, SUN BREAD, a New York Times Best Illustrated Book, and her recent GLASSWINGS, A BUTTERFLY'S STORY, called "A lovely meshing of science and story" by School Library Journal. Books she has illustrated for other authors include the bestselling ABUELA by Arthur Dorros, DE COLORES by Jose Luis Orozco, an ALA Notable Book, OUR BIG HOME by Linda Glaser, A Reading Rainbow Feature Book, and THE WEAVER by Thacher Hurd.
Elisa lives with her family in the town of Albany, a few minutes from San Francisco Bay. To learn more about Elisa, please visit her website:www.elisakleven.com.



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What a charming book! Like all of Kleven's work, this story is carefully thought out, yet dreamlike and whimsical. Stanley and his friend Mouse will inspire children's creativity, and their sense of compassion, as well. Mom Elephant is a great role model, too. She is supportive, loving and kind, without being overly coddling.
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By mrs. dust on August 14, 2012
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I just love this book. I will say I am definitely a person who judges a *children's* book by its cover, and so that is what first caught my eye in "Welcome Home Mouse." By the storyline is fantastic as well! We borrowed it from the library and my two oldest kids (ages 2 and 4 yrs.) asked to read it again and again. Simply precious!
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"Welcome Home, Mouse" is one of those unique books that manages to link several different themes in a credible and engaging manner, making it a perfect story for children. Stanley the elephant is quite clumsy and often creates a mess even when he is not looking to create trouble. When Stanley's mom asks him to go to the grocery story and get some tomatoes, he bounds out happily enough, but when a bounced ball smashes into Mouse's house (a repurposed pumpkin), poor Stanley feels really bad and is determined to make amends.

What follows is a wonderful adventure in recycling as Stanley and Mouse go to the grocery store and bakery, and Stanley picks up several items that are no longer needed at both stores. He has a plan you see, and Mouse is kept guessing till the very end! When finally unveiled, Stanley's surprise for Mouse delights both Mouse and Stanley's mom - and shows little children how items can be recycled and put to good use - all that is required is a little flair, creativity, and lots of imagination!

The artwork in this book is incredibly detailed and had us (daughter and I) poring over the pictures.My kindergartner's comments upon finishing this book, "Mom, let's go dig in the recycle bin and create something!" Recommended!
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I love this book! The sweet story will be useful to illustrate empathy as Stanley realizes he's ruined mouse's home. He already feels clumsy but now he's ready to make a new house for his new friend. The stunning illustrations are classic Elisa Kleven with loads of details to pour over on each page. Readers can see how the art of collage is unique to her style. Need a subtle story about recycling? This works--don't miss it.
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