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Sep 12 2011

The mouse stone by Andrew Melrose

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Ill. by George Hollingworth. Pearson Australia, 2011. ISBN 9781442548176. 16pp
(Age: Early childhood and Junior Primary) Well recommended . A very humorous story where the three children each have their own idea of the problems for the mouse stuck in the stone. Annie sets the scene but as the story unfolds the reader knows she really doesn't know exactly what is going on. She, Billy and Meera take the story, as only young people with amazing imaginations can, to very funny conclusions. The ensuing discussions about why the mouse is stuck are delightful for Billy can only think of his stomach and Meera is concerned for his safety and we suspect Annie has lost control of what appeared to be a simple problem. A delightful journey into children's imaginations. Well written with clear expressive language, appealing to the preschool child and the beginning reader. A delight. The illustrations tell the story too, adding to the enjoyment of the book. Text is well spaced and clear. The illustrations are bright and expressive. A fun book to read aloud.
Sue Nosworthy
Editor's note: This is also available in paperback. ISBN 9781442548183.

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