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Three Pebbles and A Song

3.76  ·  Rating Details ·  94 Ratings  ·  20 Reviews
Snow is coming! Mama tells Moses to gather supplies-quick, quick, quick! But as Moses makes his way through the forest, he hears a whistle-y song, and an inspiration to play and dance. Will he be able to share these not-so-practical delights with his practical-minded family?
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published August 11th 2003 by Dial
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Aileen Stewart
Mar 23, 2014 Aileen Stewart rated it it was amazing
This book is a beautifully written story of a mouse family getting ready for winter's approach. Mama mouse, Papa mouse, and Moses's sister, Missy, all tell him he should be gathering warm things and food. But as Moses sings, dances, and juggles the day away, snow arrives before he can collect anything but three small pebbles. When Moses arrives at his home, Mama has gathered crumbs, Papa has gathered rags for their beds, and Missy has gathered raisons. The only one who hasn't brought anything of ...more
Aug 09, 2012 Jenny rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-to-the-kids
My 5.5 year old read this by himself and liked the story. I liked that what the boy brought was eventually helpful, though the responsible part of me is bothered that he didn't mind his parents.
Feb 10, 2011 Dee rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
We all play our own part in the world.
Oct 22, 2010 Kathy rated it really liked it
Loved the art work even though I don't like mice!
Jan 28, 2009 kelly rated it liked it
Shelves: young-at-heart
Some gather what is needed for the body, and some gather what is needed for the spirit.
Ashley Salisbury
Feb 01, 2017 Ashley Salisbury rated it really liked it
A very heartfelt read.
Matthew Hunter
Oct 12, 2016 Matthew Hunter rated it really liked it
S.D. Schindler's artwork steals the show. Check out the faces of Moses and his mouse family! Such attention to detail. I found the story to be a paean to children and all creatives. It takes a diversity of talents to build thriving communities. Could Moses have listened better and honored his parents' wishes? Sure. But the point of the story's not about obedience. It's about joy in play.
Elijah Libert
Oct 10, 2016 Elijah Libert rated it it was amazing
This is about a little mouse who was not gathering food for the winter, he was just playing. He made the entire house happy because he made the house have play.
Apr 09, 2012 Sarah rated it it was amazing
Three Pebbles and A Song is a story about a family of mice, with a son named Moses who marches to the beat of his own drum. Winter is coming and the mice are gearing up for a long and cold season ahead. They keep telling Moses to stop what he is doing--dancing, singing, and playing with pebbles--and collect what they need for the winter. However, once winter hits Moses has only danced, sung, and played with pebbles while the rest of his family collected food and warm things for the winter. There ...more
Feb 14, 2015 Roger rated it really liked it
Shelves: children
The artwork is astounding.
The story is beautiful about each contributing from their skills or talents. The only misgiving I had was that it's more that Moses just lucked into being able to contribute something valuable, not that he had a bigger vision or was being responsible in a different way.
But I loved this one in spite of that, mostly for the artwork, and the casual introduction of Be Nice To Mice Day.
May 27, 2014 Fibersian rated it it was amazing
Everyone in the family helps gather supplies for the winter except for Moses. He enjoys the beauty of his surroundings picking up pebbles and singing a song. When the family has been in their snug house for a long winter they are bored. Moses entertains them with his pebbles and stories and songs.

A story that highlights the importance of everyone in a group having unique value to help each other.

This a good story. The pleasure of reading.
Mar 30, 2010 J-Lynn rated it liked it
This is a story about a young mouse who is told by all of his family members to gather food and supplies for winter. But, he gets distracted over and over. However, when the family is burrowed for the long winter, his distractions come to the rescue to relieve the boredom.

The illustrations show realistic mice dressed in clothes and the bleak landscape of winter in dark, deep colors.
Jul 06, 2008 babyhippoface rated it liked it
Sweet little book about a mouse who fails to prepare for winter in the way everyone else prefers. They all discover, though, that his singing helps them through the cold winter in a way that food can't.
seasons change gatering harvest. music lesson. keeping focused, distracted. predictions. boredom imagination, scavenger hunt.
May 25, 2012 Relyn rated it liked it
Recommends it for: teachers, parents, kids
Recommended to Relyn by: I love the author.
I really enjoyed this book. Attitude is everything. We all have our own gifts. Both messages came through loud and clear in an engaging, non-teachery story. Loved it.
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a cute little story great for reading out loud and a good use of repetition
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