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The Story of Jumping Mouse by John Steptoe
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Feb 28, 10

bookshelves: picture-books, mc-literature
Read in February, 2010

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 the frog’s great skill. As they part ways little mouse thanks the frog and continues on his journey. However, his new friend leaves him with a most precious gift – his jumping skill. Now the mouse has the skill to hop like no other. He next meets a fat mouse. The two become friends and little mouse stays a while with the fat mouse. Before he realizes, he too is a fat mouse. He next meets a blind bison. The bison cannot see the path to the far off land, but he hides the mouse from the predators in the sky as the mouse hops along. Little mouse leaves his new friend, but not without bestowing on him the gift of sight. Now blind, the determined little mouse continues on his way and he meets a wolf that could not smell. Well, the wolf could not smell any predators or dangers, but he could see them. He became the mouse’s eyes to get to the far off land. Once again Little mouse part ways with his new friend, but not before bestowing on him the gift of smell. He finally arrives at the far off land, the place he had been dreaming about for so long and worked so hard to get to, but it quite disappointing because he could see the beautiful sights or smell the wonderful smells. The ending of the story is one of the best endings to a story, I have ever read.

This story is wonderful for all ages because of the theme of the story. This book involves keeping one’s faith and not giving up. It relies the ideas of showing empathy to others and being good inside. Children can get to understand when you do good things, good things may happen in return. Anyone who cares to read a truly magical story with life lessons will love this book. John Steptoe received the Caldecott Award for this book.
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