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The Story Of Jumping Mouse: A Native American Legend

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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 hi ...more
Published (first published March 13th 1984)
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Mouse likes the story of the far-off land that he heard from his elders, so one day he sets off on a journey to find it. When he comes to a pond he cannot cross, the magic frog appears and bestows on him the gift of jumping by giving him the name “Jumping Mouse.” Later on, Mouse comes across a bison that cannot see. He names him “Eyes of Mouse” and with that, he gives him the gift of sight. However, Mouse cannot see anymore. Then he meets a wolf that cannot smell and names him “Nose of a Mouse,” ...more
This is another picture book more suited for older children, mostly just due to the length of the text. John Steptoe wrote the text (retold from a Native American legend) and drew the illustrations. The illustrations won a Caldecott honor in 1985.

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
This Caldecott Honor book is a legend of a young mouse who sets off to find the far-off land. He meets Magic Frog who gives him the name of Jumping Mouse and now the little mouse is able to jump higher and farther before. As he continues on his journey, he encounters difficulty and also meets others who are in need of help. Each time, he unselfishly sacrifices and helps others and in turn receives help. Finally, his dreams come true...but perhaps not in the way he, or the reader, expect.

The illu
Apr 26, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: caldecott
1985 Caldecott Honor - Favorite Illustration: Right before the mouse meets the Magic Frog and is looking down into the river. There is so much detail in the drawings, I love the reflection of the mouse looking back at himself.
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
Mar 07, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a lovely folktale about a mouse who helps other creatures, and is rewarded in turn (although he didn't assist with the intention of receiving a reward). The black and white pencil illustrations are well executed, especially the animals. There is one sentence about the source of this story on the verso of the title page, and the CIP indicates that it is a Great Plains Indian legend.
I love this book. It is such an interesting tale. The ending is so facinating. The artwork is beautiful detailed pencil.
Alexis Caudill
Oct 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-summaries
1. Book summary, in your own words (3 pts)
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
Mili Fay
Apr 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
Wonderful! This is the kind of storytelling I like. On the surface it is a wonderful adventure story about a brave, hopeful, and generous mouse who journeys to the far-off land.

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.

As I progressed through the story I often found myself confused about parts that were told that completely popped out of nowhere and sometimes didn't even make any sense. I wondered why these elements were in the story and why someone hadn't properly explained them to me. The ending was very random and I basically sat there and said, "What?!" I wouldn't recommend this book, it had too many random bits.

*Taken from my book reviews blog:
Katie Fitzgerald
I liked everything about this book except the ending, which came completely out of nowhere and made very little sense. Jumping Mouse’s selflessness and desire to do more than just sit around eating berries is inspiring, and I expected the ending to reward him differently than it did. Still, the lifelike illustrations are eye-catching, even only in black-and-white, and it was fun trying to imagine how each animal might speak as I read the book aloud to my husband.
Feb 13, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The journey of a little mouse that displays unconditional love. A great tale to include in your storytelling collection.
Mar 29, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 80, new2me
What really makes this story are the illustrations. The story itself is short. It is a tale of the journey through life, and that to become the best one can be is to give of oneself to others to help them to become the best they can be.
Caldecott Honor book with lots of words. It seems like I found a bunch of Caldecott Honor books that all retell legends and folktales with more than the typical amount of words for a picture book. This is yet another one. Though in this one the Jumping Mouse is a clear hero with wants and goals and a big heart. The text is very readable, the art beautiful but not overdone. And there's a nice twist at the end, though it's kind of a big leap.
Feb 18, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mc-literature
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 t ...more
This is a retelling of a Native American tale about a mouse on a journey who is rewarded for his compassionate acts. I think it is a great story and the illustrations are beautiful, but the story is a bit long for young children.
Rebecca Thomas
1.) Genre- Traditional Picture Book

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.

3.)a.) A
Marissa Lubinski
Mar 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-selection
I absouletely loved this book. This story is about a mouse who desperately wants to see the far off land. He goes on his journey and along the way, he meets many interesting animals. The first animal he meets is a magic frog. Magic Frog gives the mouse a name "Jumping Mouse". The Magic Frog gives Jumping Mouse frog legs so he will be able to cross the river. Jumping Mouse meets a bison who can't see. Jumping Mouse then names the bison Eyes-of-a-Mouse so he can see, but it takes away Jumping Mous ...more
Jul 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very beautiful Native American legend that explores the need to explore far off places to soothe one's soul, the compassionate helping of others even if it means self-sacrifice and hardships as well as the help that is returned to one who has given sincerely. Although some of these lessons don't seem compatible in these times they are still wonderful to know within the heart.

The illustrations truly seem to make the book itself even though there is no color. They capture the animals and the s
Nov 10, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-lit-2011-2012
**** This picture book offers the reader beautiful illustrations which accompany a powerful story of sacrifice and compassion. I found myself wondering what was going to happen next as I read.

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
Jesse McMorris
Dec 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The story of the jumping mouse is retold by John Steptoe and is an American legend. It is about a mouse who gets the ability to jump very high from a kind frog. The mouse journeys out and he notices that the animals that he encounters all have something not quite wrong with them. He runs into a buffalo who can not see, so the mouse gives him his sight. This happens around four times with different animals, until the mouse can only talk basically. At the end he meets up with the frog again after ...more
Becky B
A little mouse sets off in search of the great land far beyond he has heard and dreamed of. The way there has challenges, but Magic Frog gives the little mouse the ability to jump which helps make things easier. Along the way, Jumping Mouse comes across others animals in need, and with magic from Magic Frog he self-sacrificially gives away of his magic and senses to help them. In the end, Jumping Mouse reaches his destination but cannot see or smell it due to his acts of kindness until Magic Fro ...more
May 13, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I chose this book at random from the library shelf, and was disappointed to see I'd picked "a long one" the night I picked it up to read as a bedtime story.

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
May 13, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jumping Mouse wants to journey to the far-off land and receives legs that help him jump twice as high from Magic Frog. The journey is far from easy. Along the way Jumping Mouse encounters creatures of all sizes who are in need and Jumping Mouse selflessly gives of himself to fulfill their needs. First he gives his eyesight to a bison. Then, he gives his sense of smell to a wolf, but both creatures are so blessed by Jumping Mouse's gifts that they help him reach the far-off land by offering him p ...more
Friend of Pixie (F.O.P.)
This story appeals to Logan's love of animals and the text has a rhythm that's kind of mesmerizing. The B&W illustrations are what drew me to this book. They are detailed, lifelike, and emotionally-charged. The first 5 or 6 times I read this aloud, I choked up at the end and Logan would ask me what was wrong. I found it hard to describe how beauty and transformation can make a person tearful, but I tried. Logan asks for this book frequently. I know that there are many versions of this story ...more
Stefanie Burns
Mouse wants to travel to far away lands. He first encounters Magic Frog who helps him cross a river by naming him Jumping Mouse and giving him the ability to jump. Along the way mouse meets different creatures and helps them the way Magic Frog helped him. Although as Jumping Mouse helps them, he loses the ability he has given them. For example, he gave a bison the gift of sight and then Jumping Mouse loses his sight. Happily, Jumping Mouses' kind spirit is rewarded at the end.

The black and white
Jan 31, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I had never heard this Native American anthropomorphic folktale until I picked up this book for the Caldecott Challenge. It won a 1985 Caldecott Honor and rightly so as the illustrations are gorgeous and it is a captivating story as well. A mouse wants to journey to the far-off land, a place he has only heard about in stories. On his way there, he meets a magical frog who grants him the ability to jump really high and gives him some magic. At each stage of his journey, the humble but brave Jumpi ...more
Rachel Ramirez
Jun 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I greatly enjoyed this book when I first read it years ago. The art style is what first intrigued me so I decided to read it at my local library's storytime for children hour. It was part of volunteering but I found such joy reading about this compassionate mouse heading off on his adventure to far off land. The children and I ended up discussing the book afterwards and it was fascinating. We all learned (and I relearned) how important it is to help others and to never give up if something is im ...more
Feb 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Children, Adults, Teachers, Parents
I love this book! I received through a school program when I was the second grade, and it has been one of my favorite children's stories since. It is a Native American tale of a young mouse who faces many obsticales on his way to another land. The mouse learns to be selfless and brave on his journey, and is rewarded at the end. This story is beautifully illustrated (it is a Caldecott Honor winner)and calls to both small children, older kids, and adults alike. I read this story to my Children's L ...more
Allison Ford
This book is a Native American legend and it teaches a lesson about our differences. There is also a lesson about what you can gain from persistence. The young mouse overheard the “old ones” tell stories about the desert that was just over the river. He started to dream about the foreign land, and then finally the little mouse couldn’t stand it any longer he had to find out for his self. Once he did reach the river he didn’t know how he would get across. The rest is the mouse meeting different a ...more
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John Steptoe was an award-winning author and illustrator of children's books from New York City. He began working on his first children's book, Stevie, while still a teenager and achieved great success during his tragically short career, encouraging the advancement of African American culture by producing work about the African American experience that children could appreciate. Recipient of two C ...more
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