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Such a Little Mouse Hardcover – Picture Book, March 31, 2015

4.6 out of 5 stars 45 ratings

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PreS-K—A sweet little mouse takes pleasure in each season in this charmingly old-fashioned book. Poetic, repetitive text and deceptively simple-looking pencil and ink sketches show him going through the gentle routines of outdoor exploration and food storage. When winter arrives, he uses his supplies to make a cozy meal and snuggle down for a nap. He lives a relaxed, predator-free life and is slightly anthropomorphic. He lives in a field and carries food in his mouth but furnishes his hole with human cast-offs and cooks acorn bread and seed-and-watercress soup. There is no real point to the story, but it hits the right beats for the ear and the emotions and makes a nice example of the virtue of being contented with one's lot.—Heidi Estrin, Congregation B'nai Israel, Boca Raton, FL


Praise for Such a Little Mouse:* "The book begins in spring. 'In the middle of the meadow, under a clump of dandelions, there is a hole.' Out pops '[s]uch a little mouse,' with 'ears pink as petals' and a tiny smile. He sees bees on clover blossoms and his own reflection in a puddle. Each season is represented in one exploratory day. In summer, the mouse sees beavers and a porcupine; in autumn, rustling leaves, honking geese and busy ants. When winter arrives, he sees his landscape covered in snow. 'Brrrrrrr,' he says, retreating underground to his cozy burrow, which features tunnels and many discrete rooms--a bedroom, a kitchen and a fully stocked larder. All year he's been storing seeds, watercress and acorns; now he can bake acorn bread and cook seed-and-watercress soup. Preschoolers will recognize the wooden alphabet blocks that form the base of his counter. Seasons and animals aren't new topics, but Yue's idyllic meadowscapes are full of clean, fresh air. From full-page to spot illustrations, from the breezy greens, blues and yellows of spring to the rustic browns of underground, her colors glow gently. Her lines have a light touch but feel grounding; fine details, shadings and a real feel for weather make this special. ... Perfectly charming." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review* "Yes, Schertle and Yue's hero is cute as can be, 'with his smart gray coat, with his ears pink as petals, with three twitchety whiskers on each side of his nose.' But he's also self-reliant, self-directed, and very much at home in the world--in other words, what readers in the target audience aspire to be. The story follows the mouse through spring, summer, and autumn as he emerges from his wonderfully snug underground home to gather food for his winter larder. Neither obsessive nor a procrastinator, the mouse knows he can get the job done and still have time to kibitz with neighbors (he contributes a twig to a beaver's dam) and savor the scenery (including his own handsome reflection in a puddle). Yue (the Guinea Pig, Pet Shop Private Eye series) channels her customary jaunty energy into a more old-school drawing style, delivering nature scenes that are warm but not treacly, while Schertle's gentle prose ('Such a little mouse. Off he goes into the wide world') has just enough repetition to provide a comforting structure and a cozy lilt." -- Publishers Weekly, starred reviewPraise for Little Blue Truck (written by Alice Schertle and illustrated by Jill McElmurry)* Schertle "gives readers plenty of opportunities to chime in with animal and vehicle noises." -- Publishers Weekly, starred reviewPraise for Very Hairy Bear (written by Alice Schertle and illustrated by Matt Phelan)* "Schertle's patterned language sets up a playful cadence." --Kirkus Reviews, starred review
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Product details

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Orchard Books; Illustrated edition (March 31, 2015)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 32 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0545649293
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0545649292
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 2 - 5 years, from customers
  • Lexile measure ‏ : ‎ AD530L
  • Grade level ‏ : ‎ Preschool - Kindergarten
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 11.5 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 8.5 x 0.25 x 9.5 inches
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.6 out of 5 stars 45 ratings

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Hi, I'm Stephanie Yue, and I draw things. I grew up in Atlanta, Beijing, and Hong Kong, and studied illustration in New York City. I got my start working at game design and animation studios while publishing my own comics. I've been working as a freelancer since 2008, taking on everything from comics lettering to sketch cards to coloring to website design. In 2010, I signed on with Barry Goldblatt Literary and I've been illustrating graphic novels, picture books, and chapter books for kids. You may even find my work in issues of SpongeBob Comics!

In my other life, I'm an extended overland scooterist, dedicated martial artist, itinerant blogger, and professional wanderer. I like riding two-wheeled things, eating and drinking all the things, and climbing things that probably weren't meant for climbing.

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