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Once a Mouse... by Marcia Brown
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Dec 22, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: traditional-tale, fable, independent-reading, read-a-loud, prek

** spoiler alert ** An Indian hermit uses his magic powers to transform little mouse into a cat,a dog, and a lion to save him from bigger predators in the forest. The lion-mouse grows boastful and ungrateful, though, and learns the importance of humility the hard way as he’s transformed back to a lowly mouse. Wood-cut illustrations of yellow, brown, and orange represent the animals distinctly. I like the moral of this story. Given the brevity of the text, I would use this book in a storytime with younger, preschool age children. It is a good book for teaching the importance of humility, as well as big and small concepts, so parents can read it one-on-one with children. Though the wood-cut illustrations are very stylistic, they are muted compared with picture books of today. It is a timeless book, though, and one that I would recommend.

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