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The Story of Jumping Mouse

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Based on a Native American legend, this is the tale of a compassionate, courageous mouse who journeys to a far-off land and becomes a magnificent soaring eagle. "Beautifully written and illustrated."--School Library Journal.
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published March 13th 1984 by HarperCollins
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Mouse likes the story of the far-off land that he heard from his elders, so one day he sets off on a journey to find it. When he comes to a pond he cannot cross, the magic frog appears and bestows on him the gift of jumping by giving him the name “Jumping Mouse.” Later on, Mouse comes across a bison that cannot see. He names him “Eyes of Mouse” and with that, he gives him the gift of sight. However, Mouse cannot see anymore. Then he meets a wolf that cannot smell and names him “Nose of a Mouse,” ...more
This Caldecott Honor book is a legend of a young mouse who sets off to find the far-off land. He meets Magic Frog who gives him the name of Jumping Mouse and now the little mouse is able to jump higher and farther before. As he continues on his journey, he encounters difficulty and also meets others who are in need of help. Each time, he unselfishly sacrifices and helps others and in turn receives help. Finally, his dreams come true...but perhaps not in the way he, or the reader, expect.

The illu
I love this book. It is such an interesting tale. The ending is so facinating. The artwork is beautiful detailed pencil.
Mili Fay
Oct 22, 2016 Mili Fay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
Wonderful! This is the kind of storytelling I like. On the surface it is a wonderful adventure story about a brave, hopeful, and generous mouse who journeys to the far-off land.

If read between the lines, it is a metaphor for life and the importance of not giving up on your dreams, no matter what the challenges are and no matter if others think you foolish. It also shows the importance of being a good person and helping others even if it costs you, because we all need a little help sometimes.

As I progressed through the story I often found myself confused about parts that were told that completely popped out of nowhere and sometimes didn't even make any sense. I wondered why these elements were in the story and why someone hadn't properly explained them to me. The ending was very random and I basically sat there and said, "What?!" I wouldn't recommend this book, it had too many random bits.

*Taken from my book reviews blog:
Alexis Caudill
Oct 18, 2016 Alexis Caudill rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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1. Book summary, in your own words (3 pts)
The Story of Jumping Mouse is a Caldecott Honor Book. It is about a mouse with a dream to see the far-off land. A magic frog gives him the gift of jumping legs to travel to the land. On the way, the mouse gives gifts to several animals in need of his help.
2. Grade level, interest level, lexile (1 pt)
This book would be great for students in the 3rd-5th grade. It is a very sweet book, very easy to read.
3. Appropriate classroom use (subject area) (1 pt)
I w
Julia Brumfield
A very beautiful Native American legend that explores the need to explore far off places to soothe one's soul, the compassionate helping of others even if it means self-sacrifice and hardships as well as the help that is returned to one who has given sincerely. Although some of these lessons don't seem compatible in these times they are still wonderful to know within the heart.

The illustrations truly seem to make the book itself even though there is no color. They capture the animals and the s
Marissa Lubinski
Mar 28, 2015 Marissa Lubinski rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-selection
I absouletely loved this book. This story is about a mouse who desperately wants to see the far off land. He goes on his journey and along the way, he meets many interesting animals. The first animal he meets is a magic frog. Magic Frog gives the mouse a name "Jumping Mouse". The Magic Frog gives Jumping Mouse frog legs so he will be able to cross the river. Jumping Mouse meets a bison who can't see. Jumping Mouse then names the bison Eyes-of-a-Mouse so he can see, but it takes away Jumping Mous ...more
May 08, 2016 Beverly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a lovely folktale about a mouse who helps other creatures, and is rewarded in turn (although he didn't assist with the intention of receiving a reward). The black and white pencil illustrations are well executed, especially the animals. There is one sentence about the source of this story on the verso of the title page, and the CIP indicates that it is a Great Plains Indian legend.
Jesse McMorris
Dec 06, 2015 Jesse McMorris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The story of the jumping mouse is retold by John Steptoe and is an American legend. It is about a mouse who gets the ability to jump very high from a kind frog. The mouse journeys out and he notices that the animals that he encounters all have something not quite wrong with them. He runs into a buffalo who can not see, so the mouse gives him his sight. This happens around four times with different animals, until the mouse can only talk basically. At the end he meets up with the frog again after ...more
Feb 13, 2008 Nancy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The journey of a little mouse that displays unconditional love. A great tale to include in your storytelling collection.
Nov 10, 2011 Elisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-lit-2011-2012
**** This picture book offers the reader beautiful illustrations which accompany a powerful story of sacrifice and compassion. I found myself wondering what was going to happen next as I read.

A young mouse sets off on a long journey to reach the far-off land the elder mice tell stories of. Along the way he mets others in need who he helps and obstacles. Through it all he never forgets his ultimate goal of making it to the far-off land.

Jumping mouse is a compassionate young mouse who sets out to
Rebecca Thomas
1.) Genre- Traditional Picture Book

2.) Summary- After hearing tales of the Far Off Land, a young mouse journeys to find it. Along the way he meets a magical frog who bestows upon him a name (Jumping Mouse) and magical powers. Through trials and difficulties Jumping Mouse meets a variety of other animals all in need of his help. With great selflessness, Jumping Mouse helps the other animals and is rewarded for his good deeds by becoming an eagle who will dwell in the Far Off Land forever.

3.)a.) A
Nov 14, 2011 Luann rated it it was ok
This is another picture book more suited for older children, mostly just due to the length of the text. John Steptoe wrote the text (retold from a Native American legend) and drew the illustrations. The illustrations won a Caldecott honor in 1985.

I thought the illustrations were just okay. I didn't like them nearly as much as Steptoe's illustrations for Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters: An African Tale. I think I would have liked the illustrations better in color. I didn't dislike them, but I didn't
The story of a determined mouse to get to the far away land, this story was fantastic. It is a Native American tale. The story is about a little mouse that was eager to get to the far off land. His will and determination are second to none. On his journey to the far away land, he has some setbacks, but he is determined to reach his destination. He comes across Magic frog that helps him cross the water. The frog is a great jumper and helps the little mouse on his journey. The mouse is amazed at t ...more
Becky B
A little mouse sets off in search of the great land far beyond he has heard and dreamed of. The way there has challenges, but Magic Frog gives the little mouse the ability to jump which helps make things easier. Along the way, Jumping Mouse comes across others animals in need, and with magic from Magic Frog he self-sacrificially gives away of his magic and senses to help them. In the end, Jumping Mouse reaches his destination but cannot see or smell it due to his acts of kindness until Magic Fro ...more
May 13, 2012 Samantha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jumping Mouse wants to journey to the far-off land and receives legs that help him jump twice as high from Magic Frog. The journey is far from easy. Along the way Jumping Mouse encounters creatures of all sizes who are in need and Jumping Mouse selflessly gives of himself to fulfill their needs. First he gives his eyesight to a bison. Then, he gives his sense of smell to a wolf, but both creatures are so blessed by Jumping Mouse's gifts that they help him reach the far-off land by offering him p ...more
I found this tall tale to be interesting but way too long for younger readers. This book would be a good story for children in second or third grade because of the higher level text and moral of the story. Also, I think it would have been more interesting if the pictures were in color and had more detail to make the story come alive to the reader.
Meg McGregor
May 24, 2014 Meg McGregor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-to-lexi
One of the most beautifully illustrated stories and a tale worthy of five stars.

Jumping Mouse shows determination, generosity, and self-sacrifice, on his journey to the Far-Off Land.

The pictures by Mr. Steptoe are exquisite. This is one of the stories I would teach my students every day during Native American month.
May 13, 2010 Leslea rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I chose this book at random from the library shelf, and was disappointed to see I'd picked "a long one" the night I picked it up to read as a bedtime story.

The thing about Jumping Mouse, though, is that it's so engrossing and its lessons are so valuable, I'd have read myself hoarse to get to the end. (At which point, I'm sure a lovely pencil-illustrated forest creature would have given me some sort of enchanted gift in exchange for my sacrifice.)

Regardless, this story is a gift. I didn't realize
I love this tale of a little mouse who gives up much to get to the land of his dreams, the land far away. It is both poignant & motivating. It is also a distinctly Native American tale, focusing on the purity of animal spirits & their connection with the land. A great read!
Jun 01, 2016 Sam rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: caldecott
1985 Caldecott Honor - Favorite Illustration: Right before the mouse meets the Magic Frog and is looking down into the river. There is so much detail in the drawings, I love the reflection of the mouse looking back at himself.
This is kind of a weird tale of a mouse who goes on a journey to reach the magical far-off lands. Along the way, he meets with several struggles and helps other creatures; earning a great reward at the end of the tale. I'm not entirely sure I liked this story, but I loved t
Jul 23, 2015 Maggie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 577-the-list
Caldecott Honor (1985)

Sweet story about a little mouse who goes on an adventure to the Far Off Land, meeting creatures and helping them (and being helped in return) along the way. Very nice story with detailed illustrations, probably hard to see in story time though.
This story appeals to Logan's love of animals and the text has a rhythm that's kind of mesmerizing. The B&W illustrations are what drew me to this book. They are detailed, lifelike, and emotionally-charged. The first 5 or 6 times I read this aloud, I choked up at the end and Logan would ask me what was wrong. I found it hard to describe how beauty and transformation can make a person tearful, but I tried. Logan asks for this book frequently. I know that there are many versions of this story ...more
Mar 17, 2015 Cheryl rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very emotional. A story about giving to others without thinking twice about it or the sacrifices and consequences. The purest form of giving to help others out of a natural instinct to do so. Very moving.
Rachel Ramirez
Oct 17, 2016 Rachel Ramirez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I greatly enjoyed this book when I first read it years ago. The art style is what first intrigued me so I decided to read it at my local library's storytime for children hour. It was part of volunteering but I found such joy reading about this compassionate mouse heading off on his adventure to far off land. The children and I ended up discussing the book afterwards and it was fascinating. We all learned (and I relearned) how important it is to help others and to never give up if something is im ...more
Mar 08, 2014 Robert rated it it was amazing
**** Caldecott Honor (1985) ****

Vibrant black and white imagery gives depth and nuance to a story of journey and discovery. Very beautiful and well deserving of the Caldecott Honor.
Jan 31, 2009 Krysten rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I had never heard this Native American anthropomorphic folktale until I picked up this book for the Caldecott Challenge. It won a 1985 Caldecott Honor and rightly so as the illustrations are gorgeous and it is a captivating story as well. A mouse wants to journey to the far-off land, a place he has only heard about in stories. On his way there, he meets a magical frog who grants him the ability to jump really high and gives him some magic. At each stage of his journey, the humble but brave Jumpi ...more
Feb 26, 2011 Stephanie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Children, Adults, Teachers, Parents
I love this book! I received through a school program when I was the second grade, and it has been one of my favorite children's stories since. It is a Native American tale of a young mouse who faces many obsticales on his way to another land. The mouse learns to be selfless and brave on his journey, and is rewarded at the end. This story is beautifully illustrated (it is a Caldecott Honor winner)and calls to both small children, older kids, and adults alike. I read this story to my Children's L ...more
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John Steptoe was an award-winning author and illustrator of children's books from New York City. He began working on his first children's book, Stevie, while still a teenager and achieved great success during his tragically short career, encouraging the advancement of African American culture by producing work about the African American experience that children could appreciate. Recipient of two C ...more
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