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Little Library Mouse (Hollywood Book Festival Award Winner) by [Tara, Stephanie Lisa]
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"[A]h--libraries! Remember them? As kids, they were magical spaces...today, even in this hectic tech world, Ms. Tara lulls us inside once again..." --New York Times

"[I]s there anything more precious than a literary mouse?..." --NPR


"[This book about books is a coffee table book itself...breathtaking illustrations live on every page..." --People


"[A]lex Walton's illustrations recall Arthur Rackham perfection...Tara's verse is a lovely companion..." --San Francisco Chronicle


"[C]alling all kids! Magic lives in the library! On a sentence you will sail..."
--Los Angeles Times

"[M]agical...literary...whiskered....we love Little Library Mouse!" --Children's Library Discovery Center, Queens NY

"[E]ven when you are little, you can imagine big...yep, we are hooked...turn the page..."
--Brentwood Library, Brentwood TN

"[I]'m alone, I pause, the clock goes tick-tock...my library darkens, is that the key in the lock?" --Vancouver Community Library, Vancouver, WA

"[W]e read Little Library Mouse every Saturday morning at story hour...it never fails to win smiles!" --Laramie County Library, Cheyenne, WY

 "[W]here do we begin? The verse has our kids on their feet clapping, thestunning illustrations have them enchanted. A celebrations of storygenres, books, libraries. This librarian gives Little Library Mouse anA+!"  --ImaginOn: The Joe and Joan Martin Center, Charlotte, NC

"[L]ittle Library Mouse is the most checked-out book in our children's department, and has been for many years..." --Cerritos Millennium Library, Cerritos, CA

"[S]lipping and sliding down the pages of books...may it ever be so....!" --Birmingham Public Library Birmingham, Alabama

"[T]here is nothing more precious, than mice in the library reading books..." --Brentwood Library Brentwood, CA

"[W]hat do a mouse, a trapeze and a library have in common? The answer lies within the pages of the Little Library Mouse, by Stephanie Lisa Tara. A nameless mouse jumps into action, through rhyme, as the library is closed for the evening. We're invited on a journey as the mouse"sails on a sentence" and becomes library book characters, including a ship, a wild animal and a circus act. Tara enchants us with her storytelling as she makes a library tour exciting, encouraging literacy and reading. Little Library Mouse is to be applauded for its light-as-a-feather rhymes, a style Tara undoubtedly perfected while earning a B.A. in English. The illustrations, by Alex Walton, are bold,confident, full-page drawings of a mouse as he takes on the identity of the story he becomes. This exciting adventure is sure to please the preschooler set and would also make a great baby shower gift. It would also be an excellent jumping-off point for parent/teacher and child to create new rhymes, based upon Tara's format. Armchair Interviews says:This story, as with the Man on the Flying Trapeze,"floats through air with the greatest of ease." Bravo, Little Library Mouse...bravo!" --Armchair Interviews

"[E]ven when you are little you can imagine big, so begins this adorable book.Written in rhyme, the story begins as the clock goes tick-tock, is that the key in the lock? It is the end of the day and the library is closed. A white mouse dressed in a purple suit begins to tell of his adventures, of all the things he can be. With the help of books he can be a clown, a juggler, or a lady bug on a leaf. On the pages he flips, he finds good cheer in storybook trips. In winter he's snow spinning a silvery fable, frosted wilderness-white on the library table. He's a king, he's a queen, and upon all words he stands tall.He's red, he's yellow, and he's iridescent blue. Short stories are rainbows of sharp color and hue. He is paper, he is ink. He becomes any book he reads. He can read, he can imagine so can you, take a look. If you want to stimulate your child's imagination this is the book for you. It is colorful and fun to read.Who doesn't love cute little mice, as long as they are illustrated in books? Each page is filled with fantasy and wonder." -- Shirley Labusier, "Book Talk"

From the Publisher

Stephanie Lisa Tara credits an overactive imagination for her whimsical, story-verse style. As a child, Stephanie transformed people and pets into animated personalities through fanciful lyrical rhymes. No one was safe!

Stephanie earned a B.A. in English literature and poetry at the University of Connecticut. She spent the next ten years writing ad copy in Manhattan. After the birth of her daughter, Madeline, Stephanie decided to focus on her passion--children’s verse, which she deeply believes has the inherent power to charm, inspire, and teach children and adults alike. Tying verse together with insight means magic for Stephanie. Her work is inspired by literature's lauded children's authors--from Grimm to Lear to Seuss.


Product Details

  • File Size: 5900 KB
  • Print Length: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Wee Words LLC (February 18, 2011)
  • Publication Date: February 18, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004OEKH60
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #482,083 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Library Binding
What do a mouse, a trapeze and a library have in common? The answer lies within the pages of the Little Library Mouse, by Stephanie Lisa Tara.

A nameless mouse jumps into action, through rhyme, as the library is closed for the evening. We're invited on a journey as the mouse "sails on a sentence" and becomes library book characters, including a ship, a wild animal and a circus act.

Tara enchants us with her storytelling as she makes a library tour exciting, encouraging literacy and reading. Little Library Mouse is to be applauded for its light-as-a-feather rhymes, a style Tara undoubtedly perfected while earning a B.A. in English.

The illustrations, by Alex Walton, are bold, confident, full-page drawings of a mouse as he takes on the identity of the story he becomes.

This exciting adventure is sure to please the preschooler set and would also make a great baby shower gift. It would also be an excellent jumping-off point for parent/teacher and child to create new rhymes, based upon Tara's format.

Armchair Interviews says: This story, as with the Man on the Flying Trapeze, "floats through air with the greatest of ease." Bravo, Little Library Mouse...bravo!
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One of the hardest things to teach a child is why books are so wonderful. For so many have become so used to being shown everything on TV that the forget they actually have an imagination.

This book uses 5 line poems to describe what we can discover in a book. A book can be a travelogue, a fairytale, a mystery, they can show us how to cook, how to keep animals, teach about seasons and so much more.

The poetry is consistent and easy to recite. Each verse is attached to two illustrations, one black and white of the "real" world and the second done in bold color illustrating the type of book the verse describes.

The artistry is whimsical and at the same time mature. Just looking at the details of the illustrations, brings up a talking point.

Which leads me to this: I think this would be great in elementary schools, as it teaches on so many levels.

1. It can be used just for the poetry.
2. It can be used to compare the verse to the imagery.
3. It can be used to introduce a variety of types of books. Where the teacher could ask for age appropriate examples (or give examples) of each type.
4. It can be used as a jumping off point, as to what other types of books there are.
5. It can be enjoyed for what it is, a poetry book about books.

I highly recommend this book.
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Format: Library Binding
Finding innovative and evocative ways to stimulate, inspire children - is the key to effectively teaching special education -- a colleague handed me this big beautiful purple book last week, its joyful large-type rhymes had me giggling. Then I put it to the real test and read it to my students.

It is rare that I have such a huge response -- Little Library Mouse instantly became everyone's favorite. My students repeat the bouncing lines back to me, they speak openly about the book's concepts; of words, sentences, poems, stories... of books taking the imagination anywhere it wishes to go, regardless of physical handicaps.

Skillfully told, beautiful illustrated, this teacher gives it a large gold star! Brilliant work from Stephanie Lisa Tara.
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Format: Kindle Edition
'Little Library Mouse' is less of an introduction to the mouse, than to books and literary forms in general - perfect for children who are beginning to realise their love of books!

It contains the staple illustrations, as most children's books do, and they are easily enough to keep children engaged and imagining along with the text. However, these illustrations are fairly minimal, so that rather than immersing the entire book (whole pages at a time) in pictures, the text itself becomes part of the story. This is fantastic for those who love reading - and may make an interesting and useful step between picture-stories and word-stories, as the verse here is far more descriptive and witty than could be shown with only pictures - one example being 'on a sentence I sail!' - though this may be a little lost on children who enjoy story time purely for the illustrations!

The verse has a sweet, funny quality to it, occasionally reminiscent of Dr Seuss, with bouncing twists of phrase and internal rhymes like 'I'm a river / I'm a reed / I'm an otter of prose', and 'I'm a chef / I'm a cake / In a book just for cooks'.

All-in-all, very enjoyable and an easy way to help your children learn new words and ideas. This book is a must-read for anyone who enjoys reading.
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"Even when you are little, you can imagine big"....that is how this story begins. A little white mouse hears the key locking the library door after it closes for the day. The mouse and his friends explore the contents of many different kinds of library books and imagine that they are characters in the stories.

The story is written in a delightful rhyming prose that children will love. Each rhyme is written in five short sentences that include a wealth of book/library vocabulary words.

Alex Walton has done an amazing job illustrating this story. The pages alternate between simple line drawings and full-page elaborate color illustrations. The color illustrations show a white mouse in a purple suit becoming part of the library book that he is exploring. Children will be enchanted by the details in the color illustrations.

When I was working as an elementary school librarian, I was always looking for books that encouraged children to visit the library. This is one of those books!
This book is an excellent resource for promoting the library to young children.

I really like the way the author incorporated many library/book vocabulary words in her rhymes. This book is a wonderful introduction to words like "page", "rhyme", "poems", "sentence", "glossy", "fable", "paragraph", "verse", "prose" and "images".

The color illustrations are outstanding. Children will be able to see much more in this story as they look at the pictures and use their imaginations.

This book was published as a print book in 2006 and released as a Kindle book in February, 2011. I read this book on my Kindle 3 (black and white illustrations) and on the Kindle for PC Application (color illustrations).
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