The Story of Jumping Mouse
"You will reach the far-off land if you keep hope alive within you." The words of Magic Frog give courage to the young mouse on his long and perilous journey to reach the wonderful land of legend. He faces many obstacles on his quest and sacrifices much to help others in need. But the mouse's compassion and faith in himself prove to be a source of great power...and bring h...more
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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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
*Taken from my book reviews blog: http://reviewsatmse.blogspot.com/2008...
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.
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The illustrations truly seem to make the book itself even though there is no color. They capture the animals and the s ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
The black and white ...more