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Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse (Step Into Reading, Step 3)

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Leo Lionni’s Caldecott Honor–winning story about the magic of friendship is now available as a Step 3 Step into Reading book—perfect for children who are ready to read on their own.

Everyone loves Willy the wind-up mouse, while Alexander the real mouse is chased away with brooms and mousetraps. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to be loved and cuddled? thinks Alexander, who wishes
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published July 8th 2014 by Random House Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 1969)
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Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse is told from the point of view of the day in the life of a mouse. Throughout the entire story images are displayed in proportion to the typical size of a mouse which provides the reader with a reasonable understanding for how a mouse views life. The pictures in this story vary in how they were displayed. At times there may have been only two or three items on a page which then left a lot of empty white space and seemed somewhat boring. Other times, however, the il ...more
joanna Sondheim
A slightly off beat fable, featuring Leo Lionni's grey and white collaged mice. The book is made entirely by collage, with gorgeous printed cutouts interspersing and his frequently used wide-eyed mice. Alexander is a mouse who is tired of constantly dealing with the shrieks and broom swats from the humans who's house he resides in. When he notices how beloved a wind-up toy mouse is to the young girl who lives there, he decides he wants to find a way to turn himself into a toy. A magic lizard in ...more
Review: This is a great book about friendship. Alexander being a real mouse becomes friends with Willy the wind-up mouse even though they are different. This book has a great meaning and at the end both mice are happy, which makes it a good ending. Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse book can show children what others will do for friends.

Learning Experience: After reading Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse, talk about what the moral of this book was, wishing. Have the students write down three things
Asa Jacobs
This book is a great story of friendship between a real mouse and a toy mouse. Alexander was a mouse who wanted a few crumbs from the kitchen, but was always chased away. One day he meets a another mouse that was a little different. The other mouse was named Willy, he was a wind-up toy mouse. Willy was loved by the family and even got to sleep in bed with other toys. Alexander wanted to be loved by the family too, so he found a lizard who can turn him into a toy mouse. The boy in the family was ...more
Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse by Leo Lionni is a book about how Alexander the mouse made his first friend. Alexander was driven off and disliked by everyone at first. Then he met a wind-up mouse who, unlike him, was the favorite of everyone. He searched for a purple pebble so the magic lizard could turn him into a likable wind-up toy. On his way searching, he discovered that the wind-up mouse was abandoned by its owner. In the end, he decided not to turn himself into a toy; instead, he asked t ...more
Deena Lernor
Alexander is a mouse who is full of adventure. He isn’t like your ordinary mouse. He is a mouse that wants love and affection. He becomes a resident in a young girls house and befriends another mouse named Willy. Willy isn’t just any ordinary mouse; he is a wind up mouse. Through out the story Willy and Alexander talk to each other and tell each other the amazing stories about their days. While Willy and Alexander become friends, Alexander wants to become a wind up mouse like Willy. Alexander fi ...more
Sarah Sammis
Leo Lionni was a Dutch artist who grew up in Italy but fled to the United States at the outbreak of WWII. There he worked as a graphic artist and illustrator for Fortune Magazine. He returned to Italy in the 1960s where he began a new career as the writer and illustrator of children's literature. On of his earliest books is Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse.

Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse is an old childhood favorite of mine. Alexander is a mouse who lives in the wall of a home that has a little g
I usually like Leo Lionni, but something about this one just bothered me. When I was younger, I would have sympathized with poor Alexander the mouse who just wants to eat a few crumbs but can't because the humans scream for help and chase him with a broom when they see him. As an adult, I felt sympathy for the poor humans who had a mouse in their house! I also didn't find it very believable that a child would cuddle with a wind-up mouse on their pillow at night.

I do like the illustrations, thou
2014 Caldecott Winner!

Text to text: While I was reading this book, I could not help but think about Tom and Jerry. The little mouse in the book reminded me so much of Jerry and the pictures reminded me of him too. By relating the book to Tom and Jerry, I was able to picture the little mouse as Jerry running away from Tom. The book was about a mouse that was always being swept away or being screamed at and that was how Jerry was too!

Text to self: I related this book to my life by remembering that
Brenna Mclean
Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse is a story about a mouse that is seen as a pest, and never wanted. He then finds a friend who is a wind-up mouse that the children love to play with. They quickly become best friends and tell each other everything. Alexander wished he could be just like Willy the wind up mouse. Alexander hears of the magic lizard in the yard that will turn him into whatever he wants as long as he brings him a purple pebble. Just as Alexander finds the pebble, he sees Willy in a bo ...more
Courtney Ennis
This picture book was about a mouse that just wanted a few crumbs the people that lived there screamed and threw cups at him so he would run away. When no one was in the house Alexander went into a room and saw a wind up mouse. His name was Willy and he was sleeping in the bed with all of the other toys. Alexander wanted to go into the kitchen to find crumbs and he asked Willy to come but he couldn’t since he can only move when wound up. Alexander and Willy became really good friends and started ...more
Taylor O'Connor
Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse by Leo Lionni is a perfect book for young readers. The story begins with a mouse named Alexander being chased around a house as he was searching for crumbs. As he was our surveying the house for more crumbs one night, he stumbled upon a toy mouse named Willie. The tale of these two mice and their adventures continues, but something about Alexander makes him almost relatable.
Alexander becomes envious of his new friend Willie. He wishes that he could be like him,
Cindy Sa
This book is mainly talking about a story of friendship. There are two main roles in this book. One is a real rate called Alexander. Everyone does not like him. When people saw him, there always has a scream. Another one is a wind-up mouse called Willy. He is a toy of Annie's. Annie likes him very much. She put Willy between the doll and a woolly teddy bear in the night. Although Willy cannot run by freedom, but he has all love from his little owner.
Alexander wants to have the same love like Wi
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I wish my 5 year old cousin loved Leo Lionni as much as I do. Apparently I'm going to have to cover all of the mice with train stickers to get him to sit through these books. He was more interested in tormenting his Nana who hates mice the he was in listening to the story. It was just one of those days in which I wish I had access to all the books so I could read the ones that I know will grab his attention without having to wrangle him in from wh
Christina Greenberg
Leo Lionni is one of my favorite authors and he does not disappoint with this book. Alexander is a lonely mouse who longs for friendship and love. When people see him they scream and run away. He wants to be like Willy the wind-up mouse who is loved and played with. Alexander goes on a long adventure to find a magical lizard to change himself into a wind-up toy he ends up asking to make Willy real. They go off and have many adventures together. The book is entertaining and also, of course, educa ...more
Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse was so good I wanted to throw all of our copies of the Velveteen Rabbit into the fire -- which really isn't a half-bad story in its own right. Unfortunately, we don't have a fireplace. I'll bet if we had a fireplace my wife wouldn't let me use it, because she'd think I wouldn't use it responsibly. I wish I could find a wind-up mouse to love me.
Laura Verret
I bought Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse because 1) The little wind-up mouse on the front cover looked cute and 2) so did the Caldecott Honor Medal. I’ve found many other Caldecotts delightful (Blueberries for Sal, Prayers for a Child, The Biggest Bear, Thy Friend Obadiah), and hoped that this one would charm me as well. It didn’t.

It was really cute in the beginning. Alexander is a free mouse who gets chased and shrieked at every time he ventures out of his hiding place for a few crumbs. When he
Caryn Caldwell
Alexander the mouse longs for friendship, but every time the humans in his house see him, they scream and chase him away. When he meets a wind-up mouse, the two soon become friends, but Alexander envies the love the toy receives from his humans. The two have a solution for that, but it turns out there's an even better way to make everyone happy, if only they're willing to look beyond the obvious.

This is a sweet tale of friendship, and it's nice to see that Alexander can overcome his envy and lov
Denise Hubbartt
A discarded mechanical mouse seeks self-actualization. An elusive "purple pebble" is the embodiment of all hope. This book is joyous to read out loud to children because of the voices you can modify for the mouse as he becomes real (oops . . . spoiler!) The depth of Leo Lionni's imaginative offbeat view is humorous and intriguing to both children and adults. His work lends itself perfectly to subjective philosophical interpretation by those of us who overthink things . . . I believe that may hav ...more
Amy Scott
This book is a true classic. I read this book as a child when I was in school and now I read it to my children. It has a great central message for children about friendship and appreciating what you have. In the book Alexander is a real mouse who becomes jealous of Willie the wind up mouse because he gets played with and gets to sleep in bed with Annie, while Alexander gets chased and screamed at. In the end, though Alexander does something to help his friend foregoing his own dream to become a ...more
Jayne Hill
This fun little animal fiction book portrays friendship and belonging. The story is told from Alexander's point of view. He is a mouse that meets another mouse named Willy. Alexander is puzzled and wonders why Willy is different then he is. For friendship sake, Alexander puts the need of his friend before his own. This book has a portrait orientation, containing full bleed illustrations with classic font. The illustrations include many abstract shapes that caught my attention. It is also a Calde ...more
I love Leo Lionni's mice. They are sooooo cute! I want a stuffed one but anyway. Alexander is a mouse and one day he meets Willy the wind up mouse. Annie loves Willy and Alexander is jealous because Willy is treated so well but people chase Alexander with a broom. So, Alexander goes to see a lizard to find out how he can become a wind up mouse.

1970 Caldecott Honor Book--It was beaten out by Sylvester and the Magic Pebble which has great art but I'm kind of partial to Leo Lionni. I have not seen
I felt as though this book was cute and filled with the idea of friendship and loyalty. Having Alexander meet a wind-up mouse whose name is Willy is creative. When Alexander is told that Willy himself cannot move without being wound-up he goes off to the lizard for help to make his friend become a regular alive mouse. The lizard than informs Alexander that he needs to obtain one purple pebble and bring it to the lizard when there is a full moon to switch Willy from a win-up mouse to an alive mou ...more
This was a cute book about friendship and how you will make friends that are different from you. In the novel, he finds out that there is a wind-up mouse upstairs that doesn’t live in the dark at night and everyone loves him. For a while, he really wanted to be the wind-up mouse until he realizes that he has a special gift that the wind-up mouse doesn’t have—legs. The wind-up mouse can only move when people wind him up.

One day, the wind-up mouse tells Alexander that there is a Lizard in the yar
Mayra Martinez
This book is about a mouse named Alexander who lives in a rat hole at a house, every time the people see him they always start to try to hit him with a broom. One day he met a wind up mouse that was the toy of the little girl from the house. Alexander felt envy that the wind up mouse was treated better than he was. He wished he could be a wind up mouse, the toy told him about a magic lizard. Alexander went to see the lizard because he wanted to be a wind up mouse. He needed a purple pebble so th ...more
Ryan Rotuna
Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse is a wonderful story about friendship and "the grass not always being greener". Where Alexander was once jealous of Willy, he learned in time that it was Willy that should be the jealous one. In the end he helps his friend instead of himself. The lessons learned in Alexander [...] are timeless and heart-warming. The artwork is warm and lends much to the simple story as well.
A mouse named Alexander is surprised when he makes friends with Willy. Willy is a toy mouse and the surprising thing is that the humans in the house love Willy. Alexander gets screamed at and chased with a broom when the humans see him. He wants to know how he can become like Willy!

Lionni’s beautiful brightly colored collage illustrations earned him a Caldecott honor for this book in 1970.
Dec 22, 2012 Pamela rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All Ages; Kindergarten - 2nd Grade
Alexander and the Wind-up Mouse / written and illustrated by Leo Lionni (1969) -- SUMMARY: Alexander, the mouse, makes friends with Willy, a toy mouse, and wants to be just like him until Alexander discovers that Willy is to be thrown away. Caldecott Honor Book Award. COMMENTS: A classic Lionni tale that has long been a favorite of mine. CURRICULUM: Easily adaptable to story hour, my favorite format being flannel board format. Collage images are simple and alluring and can easily be adapted for ...more
Eva Kelly
This one is SO great!! The real mouse thinks he wants to be a toy but really he wants friends. So he changes his wish and then the toy mouse gets to be real and meets a real mouse!! It's so great and happy. I love the pictures. I bet this guy and the guy who does the other books [Eric Carle] are friends.
This story shows people how someone can love something so much they would do anything for them. Alexander has met this wind up mouse named Willy and just doesn't understand why he isn't a mouse when he is not wound up. The mouse goes through great measures to make willy a real mouse. This story also shows friendship. It will allow students to see how friends should act around each other and that it is important to show them compassion. The moral of this story is to never give up hope in your fri ...more
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Leo Lionni wrote and illustrated more than 40 highly acclaimed children's books. He received the 1984 American Institute of Graphic Arts Gold Medal and was a four-time Caldecott Honor Winner--for Inch by Inch, Frederick, Swimmy, and Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse. Leo Lionni died in October of 1999 at his home in Tuscany, Italy, at the age of 89.

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