- Age Range: 8 - 12 years
- Grade Level: 3 - 7
- Hardcover: 144 pages
- Publisher: Rayo (May 6, 2003)
- Language: Spanish
- ISBN-10: 0060000562
- ISBN-13: 978-0060000561
- Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.6 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,458,879 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Mouse and the Motorcycle (Spanish edition): El ratoncito de la moto (Spanish) Hardcover – May 6, 2003
Text: Spanish (translation)
Original Language: English
About the Author
Beverly Cleary was born in McMinnville, Oregon, and, until she was old enough to attend school, lived on a farm in Yamhill, a town so small it had no library. Her mother arranged with the State Library to have books sent to Yamhill and acted as librarian in a lodge room upstairs over a bank. There Mrs. Cleary learned to love books. When the family moved to Portland, where Mrs. Cleary attended grammar school and high school, she soon found herself in the low reading circle, an experience that has given her sympathy for the problems of struggling readers. By the third grade she had conquered reading and spent much of her childhood either with books or on her way to and from the public library. Before long her school librarian was suggesting that she should write for boys and girls when she grew up. The idea appealed to her, and she decided that someday she would write the books she longed to read but was unable to find on the library shelves, funny stories about her neighborhood and the sort of children she knew.
After graduation from junior college in Ontario, California, and the University of California at Berkeley, Mrs. Cleary entered the School of Librarianship at the University of Washington, Seattle. There she specialized in library work with children. She was Children's Librarian in Yakima, Washington, until she married Clarence Cleary and moved to California. The Clearys are the parents of twins, now grown. Mrs. Cleary's hobbies are travel and needlework.
Mrs. Cleary's books have earned her many prestigious awards, including the 1984 John Newbery Medal for Dear Mr. Henshaw, for the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children in 1983. Her Ramona and Her Father and Ramona Quimby, Age 8 were named 1978 and 1982 Newbery Honor Books, respectively. Among Mrs. Cleary's other awards are the American Library Association's 1975 Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, the Catholic Library Association's 1980 Regina Medal, and the University of Southern Mississippi's 1982 Silver Medallion, all presented in recognition of her lasting contribution to children's literature. In addition, Mrs. Cleary was the 1984 United States author nominee for the Hans Christian Andersen Award, a prestigious international award. Equally important are the more than 35 statewide awards Mrs. Cleary's books have received based on the direct votes of her young readers. The Beverly Cleary Sculpture Garden for Children featuring bronze statues of Ramona Quimby, Henry Huggins, and Ribsy, was recently opened in Portland, Oregon.
This witty and warm author is truly an international favorite. Mrs. Cleary's books appear in over twenty countries in fourteen languages and her characters, including Henry Huggins, Ellen Tebbits, Otis Spofford, and Beezus and Ramona Quimby, as well as Ribsy, Socks, and Ralph S. Mouse, have delighted children for generations. There have been Japanese, Spanish, and Swedish television programs based on the Henry Huggins series. PBS-TV aired a ten-part series based on the Ramona stories. One-hour adaptations of the three Ralph S. Mouse books have been shown on ABC-TV. All of Mrs. Cleary's adaptations still can be seen on cable television, and the Ramona adaptations are available in video stores.
Top Customer Reviews
read and write (but mostly to read) Spanish, which
is her first language. It is tough to keep a native
language alive in an English-dominant environment,
and it takes desire and perseverance. They have a
Spanish study session of about an hour or so every
weekday in the afternoon at home. For part of the
time, he reads out loud from books in Spanish for
little children (pre-school), and for another
part--and at bedtime--she reads to him from
more advanced texts. She has tried Harry Potter
in Spanish, but he doesn't get into that just
yet. However, the Spanish translation of The
Mouse and the Motorcycle was a real hit. My
boy didn't want her to stop reading, because
of course at the end of each chapter there is
a "cliffhanger" situation still to be resolved.
This book has engaged the interest of our son,
and played an important role in his development
of his Spanish language literacy. I highly
recommend this title.
I give this book 3 stars. This book is about a mouse named Ralph who gets a motorcycle from a boy named Keith. But then he drives into something all the same color. He did not know where he was going and he ends up in the in the basement he must ditch the motorcycle. Then Keith gets sick and Ralph must find a pill to save Keith. Keith asks Ralph to come home with him. I thought the story could have used more than one mouse as a main character but it was still a fun read. ~Mad Dad
I liked the book Mouse and the Motorcycle because it was funny. I liked the part when the maid was singing in front of the mirror it had me laughing. The maid also had a secret crush on the bus boy. My favorite part was when Ralph got the aspirin tablet to Keith and saved the day. I gave this book 5 stars. ~Stardust
Beverly Cleary has done it again with another great book for me to read. I would recomend this book to anyone because it is funny. When Ralph went wh-e-e wh-e-e that moved the ambulance and phpbbbb that moved the motorcycle but I can't tell you any more of the book you have to read the book and find out your self. ~Ray
Mouse and the Motorcycle is a great book for children of all ages. It has some funny parts and some sad parts in it. My favorite part is when Ralph finds an asprin. Mouse and the Motorcycle is about a boy that meets a mouse and he finds out that he can talk. I think this is a great book. ~Arnold Snortzagnator