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Little Mouse's Sweet Treat Paperback – Large Print, August 19, 2016
"Little Mouse's Sweet Treat, by Shana Hollowell, is a children's picture book about Little Mouse's quest to find a sweet treat to eat. It is illustrated by Jennifer Finch, who hand painted the illustrations in watercolor. The author's love of animals and nature shows through in this story's plot and illustrations.
As an adult, Little Mouse's Sweet Treat was enjoyable to read. The illustrations were soft, pleasant, and calming. Since this story has calm, nature scenes, this book can serve well as a bedtime story even though it is not about a character's going to bed. I recommend this book to day care providers, babysitters, parents, and teachers. If you are an adult, looking for a children's book to set a calm, quiet mood for your child, children, or class, I highly recommend this book."
"The story is educational, informative, and adorable and it not only introduces young readers to different types of animals, but also teaches children what foods different types of animals eat in their habitat. The illustrations breathe life into the story and scenes and give good pace and movement. It is an excellent bedtime storybook and it will be a fun read in classrooms for their read aloud sessions. The author's lyrical way of expressing and the rhymes will appeal a lot to readers and make this a fun read."
There is an element of education in the story also as children name and see the different animals in their natural surroundings. Children learn what each animal considers to be a delectable sweet treat to them.
The story teaches children about sharing and shows the strong bond of love between little Mouse and his beloved Mommy. A tiny snail is embedded on each page for children to find as they follow little Mouse on his sweet-hunt journey. I love the book and definitely would recommend it."
"A sweet, simple, fun and engaging story, Little Mouse's Sweet treat will not only engage your child it will also expose them to rhyme.
Rhyming is one important aspect of learning to read so having these types of books read out loud to your child is setting them up for an easier path when learning how to read.
The watercolour illustrations are beautiful and my three year old loved looking at what the different animals were doing as the mouse spoke to them.
My one year old niece asked for the story to be read over and over again, enjoying the pictures, the sing song of the rhyme and the curiosity to see what the mouse ended up eating!
Little Mouse's sweet treat is a lovely read for younger children and one which early readers will also like to read out loud."
-- Reviewed by Educate.Empower.Blog
"In this sweet picture book Little Mouse asks all his friends to help find a sweet treat. Unfortunately, they all have different tastes when it comes to what is delicious. The sweet rhymes in this book are great and the illustrations are beautiful. I think all kids would love this picture book, and I'm sure they would giggle when Cow tells Little Mouse that grass is a very good treat. This is one to share with the kiddies for sure. You'll be asked to read this one over and over I'm thinking, and you won't actually mind that much. I'll probably read it to my sisters when I see them. It was a pleasure. And it's not all that often that I actually like picture books this much. You did great! I'm giving this little book 5 stars. "
About the Author
Shana A. Hollowell lives in Suffolk, Virginia, with her husband, two boys, four cats, 31 koi fish and hundreds of bonsai trees. If you enjoyed this story, sign up to be notified of her new book releases at www.shanahollowell.com and connect with her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/authorshanahollowell
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Little Mouse wants a "sweet treat," so he pays a visit to each animal friend asking if they have a sweet treat to share. Each animal has their favorite treat..as it pertains to their species... but Little Mouse just can't seem to find a treat that appeals to him. Finally, "tired and beat" Little Mouse returns home without having found a sweet snack to eat. Little Mouse's mommy calls him into the kitchen where his favorite treat is waiting for him.
This 23 page text is just the right length for young children's attention span. Children will wonder if Little Mouse will find a snack and want to guess at possible endings. The light, rhythmic text will keep young listeners engaged in the story in addition to the bright, full color illustrations. I can envision children requesting Little Mouse's Sweet Treat over and over until the repeating lines are memorized. Parents could even use the familiar lines as a way to get kids to eat fruits and vegetables--- "Do you have something black and hairy? Yes, I do, some yummy blackberries." "Do you have something long and green? Yes, I do, it's a green bean."
Little Mouse's Sweet Treat is sure to become a favorite read aloud of children, parents and teachers.
Telling the story of Little Mouse on the search for a delectable snack, Hollowell has written the script for a picture book I can imagine reading with my son. It's short enough that multiple readings in a night would be more than possible. Little Mouse meets plenty of friends and his sense of adventure also leads to a good lesson about sharing.
Illustrator Jennifer Finch has an eye for color in each page that unites Little Mouse with his next friend. There's a dreamy quality to each picture and a brightness that will engage the young audience the book is intended for.
A winning combination of author and illustrator created this sweet book about Little Mouse and his journey to meet friends, search for a snack, and ultimately come home to a delicious surprise.
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Reading stories is one of the many tools I use to teach my children values. I believe is discussing the moral lessons and I am happy to read stories to my kids which present good examples of morals. The story, Little Mouse's Sweet Treat by Shana Hollowell and illustrated by Jennifer Finch, presents examples of sharing. Little Mouse wants a sweet treat and so visits friends asking for a treat. All are willing to share, but Little Mouse doesn’t like what they offer. Eventually, Little Mouse returns home and receives a sweet treat from Mommy that he does like. With each visit, a parent has the opportunity to ask their child, “will the character share?” When the friend does share, a parent can ask follow-up questions like “Why?” or “How does the character feel?”
I have baked cupcakes and cookies with my 3-year-old daughter. She is really excited to help and probably more excited to have the sweet treat. The wonderful thing about baking is that she must wait for the baking to be done before she can eat. It’s a lesson in patience as well as helping. Little Mouse exhausts himself searching for a sweet treat and doesn’t get one until he returns home. Parents can use this example as a lesson in patience. Also, it shows that Mommy understands best of all what her child likes. This offers a chance to teach a child that parents want to do what is best for a child.
The story is very simply written in a sing-song rhyming style. Young ears will appreciate the rhymes and the consistency of the story, but the real value for parents is the opportunity to teach values such as sharing, patience, and a parent’s love.
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By Shana Hollowell
Illustrated by Jennifer Finch
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