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Little Mouse's Painting Hardcover – April, 1992

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From Publishers Weekly

Wolkstein fans will be disappointed in this spindly outing. Little Mouse, accustomed to spending all of her time with Bear, Squirrel and Porcupine, decides to strike out on her own one day and take up painting. As each of her friends wander by and admire her work, they see themselves on the canvas, although Little Mouse indignantly insists that she has painted a landscape. Back home, she is surprised to find that from a distance some of the objects in her painting do resemble her friends. If this story is meant to serve as a lesson in perspective, it's a flimsy one. Even as a simple tale of friendship, the prose is slight to the point of being innocuous and certainly not worthy of a storyteller of Wolkstein's ( Oom Razoom ; The Banza ) considerable talent. Begin's color-saturated acrylics are masterfully executed: her lovingly detailed animal cast bristles with realism and the play of light and shadow is superb. The art veers toward the precious, however, and fails to infuse the story with gusto. Ages 4-up.
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Kindergarten-Grade 2-- Even though this sweet picture book seems, on first reading, to be devoid of complexity or any real action, a second, more thoughtful perusal uncovers unexpected charm. Little Mouse, a sociable yet independent sort, enjoys visiting with her friends Bear, Squirrel, and Porcupine, and shares different activities and interests with each. One day she devotes her time instead to painting on her own. When the picture is done, Little Mouse proudly shows it off; the animals see themselves in it. She is initially frustrated with their interpretations, insisting that the blueberry bush, flower, and sun do not bear resemblance to them. Later, however, when she hangs the picture, she realizes that their visions have some merit and she is pleased to have them nearby, in spirit and in pigment, if not in fact. Wolkstein's expressive, straight- forward narrative and Begin's beautiful, luminous watercolor and acrylic illustrations combine to produce an appealing, insightful look at friendship and creativity. The exquisite artwork; subtle characterization; and simple, thoughtful story add up to a satisfying whole. --Lisa Dennis, The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 and up
  • Hardcover: 1 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow & Co; First Edition edition (April 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0688076106
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688076108
  • ASIN: 0688076092
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 10.5 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,354,404 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
When searching for just the right gift, I remembered this lovely book. Little Mouse's Painting has everything you may be looking for in a book for young children. Beautiful illustations, sweet as pie story and a lesson to learn for young and old. Little Mouse paints a picture and all her friends see something different in it. It will become a family favorite.
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Format: Hardcover
A lesson in perspective(How things are viewed).

Great illustrations. My 4th grade Art classes loved it.
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This is one of my favorite books, children's or otherwise, because of the lovely way it teaches that people can look at the same object or situation and see different things because we are all experiencing life from different perspectives. And the truth is that all of the different things that we see are really there, all of them, even though we may see only one aspect of the whole. The artwork is beautiful and the storytelling soulful. I raised my children on this book, and now that my daughter is seventeen and applying to colleges, I am buying a copy for her to take with her when she moves away from home. This gentle story and the detailed luscious artwork are a treat to be savored and shared across the generations.
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Little Mouse's Painting has been a big hit in our house - read at least once a day and sometimes more. Little Mouse and his friends discover that not everyone sees things the same way and that different perspectives will give different impressions. The illustrations are beautiful and are works of art on each page. I wish this version was still in print so I could add it to our home library. If your library carries it - you will not regret checking it out.
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A Kid's Review on December 1, 2002
Format: Hardcover
The beautiful illustrations help make this book one of my favorite childhood stories. It is a heartwarming story of a little mouse who is an artist. She captures her dearest friends in a painting, in which they all see just themselves. "Little Mouse's Painting is a story that can be enjoyed by everyone.
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