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By Word Of Mouse Hardcover – June 12, 2004
From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 2–Lucy, an adventurous mouse, decides to live with two artistic humans in their house in the woods. The animal-loving sisters attempt to take her back outside, but she returns again and again, bringing more family and friends each time. The sisters eventually learn to live with the mice and use them as models for their paintings, sculptures, and children's stories. The two sisters are loosely based on Dorothy (the first recipient of the Caldecott Medal in 1938) and Gertrude (the renowned sculptor) Lathrop. This is not a biography, however, since the siblings play supporting roles to the central character. While the plot is a little loose, it has the nostalgic charm of a picture book from Dorothy's time. Spohn's large, lighthearted paintings are done in an attractive mix of primary and pastel colors. It is a bit confusing that Dorothy and Gertrude look like children, even though the text refers to their adult professions. Pair this gentle tale with other books about mice and art, such as Leo Lionni's Matthew's Dream (Knopf, 1991) and Ellen Stoll Walsh's Mouse Paint (Harcourt, 1989).–Rachel G. Payne, Brooklyn Public Library, NY
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About the Author
Kate Spohn is the author and illustrator of the easy reader series Turtle and Snake, picture books such as Snow Play, and other wonderful books for children. She also makes unique clothes and dolls in her spare time. Kate lives in New York City.
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