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Nicolas, Where Have You Been?

3.56 of 5 stars 3.56  ·  rating details  ·  89 ratings  ·  12 reviews
When the young mouse Nicolas sets out across the great meadow alone in search of ripe red berries, he is grabbed up by the claws of a huge bird and carried high into the sky. But that is only the beginning of Nicolas's adventure. How he gets the berries he was hoping to find, and learns to trust the very creatures he thought were his enemies, makes this Leo Lionni fable on ...more
Paperback, 32 pages
Published March 23rd 2010 by Dragonfly Books (first published 1987)
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Kiah Ballard
This book is a good example for children that there is good in everyone even if they've done some not so nice things in the past. I would use this book to help children talk about their feelings and their friendship with their friends. We would talk about how even though friends can sometimes hurt each others feelings, friends can still care about one another and treat one another nicely.
Christina Taylor
After being abducted by a large bird, Nicholas Mouse begins an adventure in which he experiences first hand Uncle Raymond’s words of wisdom: “one bad bird doesn't make a flock.” Lionni’s modern fable is an excellent tool for teaching Jane Schaeffer’s techniques for writing literary analysis. The story’s moral can serve as a stated thesis that students must support with textual evidence, explaining concrete details gleaned from Lionni’s colorful mixed media collages that have been bolstered by th ...more
A favorite author in our house.
My favorite part of this book--as with all of Lionni's works--the illustrations. Nicolas is a young mouse who wants to eat berries and blames the birds when he can't find any red, ripe, delicious berries. His tune changes when a nice family of birds takes care of him, bringing him red berries everyday and caring for him as one of their family. It holds an important lesson about judging or loving others. This book is better for at least a three-year-old.
This is a cute little book with a good message. I liked the attitude of little Nicolas and wondered where the story would take him. I'm glad this book had a happy ending. I would recommend, especially to people who are fans of mice.

*Taken from my book reviews blog:
Overall this book was pretty standard Lionni fare, but I was taken aback at the two-page spread illustration of an imagined battle between mice and birds, including some bloody and very dead animals. And I'm not easily shocked. Other than that, it's Lionni's usual message about making nice with all of God's creatures and with the earth.
Nicolas was consorting with the enemy whom all the other mice wanted to stab with sticks. Then they all became friends in the end. It was an ok book for me.
Good message of not judging everything in a category by a single encounter but the book contains some strong angry imagery.
بهمن بهمن
mikhain bekhandin maile khoodetoone,vali man asheghe ketab ghesseye bacheham;)
mice, birds, jumping to conclusions
'One bad bird doesn't make a flock.'
Feb 15, 2009 Lori rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Older chilidren, not toddlers
Shelves: childrens
"One bad bird doesn't make a flock."
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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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