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Mahalia Mouse Goes to College: Book and CD

3.79 of 5 stars 3.79  ·  rating details  ·  106 ratings  ·  23 reviews

Mahalia Mouse and her family live underneath Dunster House, an old Harvard dormitory. Foraging for food for her younger brothers and sisters, Mahalia gets trapped in a backpack and then finds herself inside a classroom far from home. Mahalia, intrigued by the lecture, starts attending classes and soon becomes a full-time student -- all the while wondering about the fate of
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published March 27th 2007 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
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Lucy Hall

Title: Mahalia Mouse Goes to College
Author: Lithgow, John
Illustrator: (Oleynikov, Igor)
Genre: Online Book
Theme(s): education, adventure, success.
Opening line/sentence: (The skies of September were bursting with rain, pelting the old dormitory. It filled every gutter and choked every drain. Chapter 1 of Mahalia's story.)
Brief Book Summary: (The story of a mouse forced to leave her family to seek for help for her sick mother. She finds something more valuable than food or money: an education. She
Shannon Jacob
Lithgow, J., & Oleynikov, I. (2007). Mahalia Mouse Goes to College. New York: Simon & Schuster: Books for Young Readers.

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This book is about a mouse that secretly starts attending a college after she is unexpectantly separated from her family. Mahalia attends the college until she becomes a full time student, however she is caught by a professor of one of her classes. When the professor realizes how brilliant the mouse is he decides to make her an official student of the c
Alan Q
Mahalia Mouse is a mouse who lives with her mouse family in the sewer that on a rainy day, her mother ask her to get some food for the family and she went straight to the dorm cafeteria. When she was getting food, she couldn't help but notice that she was trap in the backpack that is all dark. While he backpack was moving, it came to a stop and then the zipper open which Mahalia found herself filled with people in a lecture classroom. She realize that it is a Human Psychology class. She then dec ...more
Nicole Blanar
I used the TumbleBooks website to read the ebook version of this story. I like the TumbleBooks website because the text is read to you while the animated picture takes up the other half of the screen. The audio is able to be paced to the child's reading ability and the child can pause or skip to the next page if they wanted to do so. The animations of the pictures are helpful by giving the characters and the story some action and could help a reader to better comprehend the story, however could ...more
Eva Leger
Julia and I loved this as much as we loved Micawber. We're both excited to get more books by Lithgow in the near future.
I think the best part of these books for me is that they actually speak to adults as well as the children, their intended audience. And I don't mean that adults can simply read and enjoy them too. I mean they really put something through to the reader, no matter the age. I don't think I can name any other children's book(s) or author(s) who can do this so perfectly.
We listened
Perhaps better known to adults for his stage and screen work, actor John Lithgow has an amazing body of work for children. His picture books are some of my (and my children’s) absolute favorites!

Topping the list for me is The Remarkable Farkle McBride. The story centers around a young boy who is a musical prodigy. He is able to master instrument after instrument with ease, but throws each one away as he becomes bored with it. Through an unfortunate illness on the part of the orchestra conductor
This book has nice illustrations. A little mouse wants to learn, and one day she ends up in a college students school bag. She loves the classes, but one day people start screaming, that there is a mouse in the class. The teacher comes to the aid of the mouse, and tells the class that the mouse wants to learn, and is intelligent. Mahahlia goes to school for four years, and graduates, her family members hear about it, and they come to see. Nice little story.
Bobbi Caulfield
This was cute but the rhymes were a bit awkward at times. Love the illustrations!
Stephanie Hirsch
This was a cute book, the words are a little difficult for the age range it was meant for. My kids didn't understand a few things, but were able to recognize the gist of the story. The rhyming is always fun with a children's book, I liked the story, but I also think that some things could have been worked on. Perhaps instead of trying to save the family, Mahalia Mouse could have just been exploring. My kids were asking about whether or not some of the babies died as told in the story. The author ...more
Manal Ramadan
The poetry and vocabulary in this book make it a fun book to read to children.
It's a very nice story that encourages people to follow their dreams.
this is probably my second favorite of Lithgow's after I got two dogs
Randi Rezendes
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Mar 16, 2010 Dolly rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
We are huge John Lithgow fans and read all of his children's books as soon as we can get our hands on them. We found this on on Tumblebooks and just had to listen to it right away. It's a nice, somber tale that speaks to hard work, sacrifice and dedication. Perhaps a nice tale to give to high school seniors as they are about to embark on their college journey? Our girls enjoyed watching this book read aloud on the "Tumblebooks" online audiobook site (
Jessica Vandewarker
This book encourages students to reach for their dreams. Mahalia is a small mouse that finds herself at college and loves to learn. It takes perseverance, yet she graduates with a degree! Though student may find this funny, they will also see the importance of perseverance to acquire their dreams. This may not be a completely relatable book to students, but with discussion about their dreams, they will understand it in a different light.
This book is fun to read about how the little mouse goes to a college. This is another book where it is written from the animal's point of view. It talks about the hardship and the difficult times. I have used this book to talk about term that relates to college. It will be good to read to those who have older siblings that go to college, so that they can have a personal connection with the book.
I like this book! In classic Lithgow tradition, the rhythm, rhyme and vocabulary are strong. More than that, though, is the story of someone small and with few prospects working really hard, at great risk, to learn and to graduate from college. Mahalia is a mouse to look up to!
Mariah Smith
I personally like this book, but it is a bit text-heavy for its target audience. The illustrations are great. Excellent audio, too, of course.
Higher level vocabulary (maybe high/EOY 2nd graders).

Great cute story about college, introduces college terms (professor, dormitory, etc.)
Something dark lurks beneath and it isn't just John Lithgow.
John Lithgow does it again. Awesome illustrations.
Loved this book. It's lyrical and fantastic.
AR 4.4 -- 0.5
Higher vocabulary concepts
Elizabeth marked it as to-read
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