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Mouse House Tales

Pearson, Susan (Author)
Shepherd, Amanda (Illustrator)
Blue Apple Books 2013. 60 pages
First published: 2013
ISBN: 9781609050504 (hardcover)
Original language: English
Book type: Picture Book

Text Elements:

character, setting

Reading Range

 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
1
2
3
1
2
ELA
K
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5

Description:

Mouse is ready to build a house of her very own. In the first of the two related short stories, her friends Goat, Wren, Beaver, Spider and Mole contribute their unique skills to help make her a cozy new home. The second part is a lovely little mystery about a series of night sounds that disturb Mouse in her new home. It’s only another mouse looking for scraps and shelter, and Mouse invites him to stay. The animals celebrate and feast: “Old friends and new friends come over to play/and this mystery ends with a party – HOORAY!”

Pen, watercolour and mixed-media illustrations in soft tones depict the animals with exuberance and warmth. Bright-eyed, charmingly dressed animals are appealing, animated in action and conversation.

Language is simple and minimal with gentle rhymes and repetition. Goat keeps reminding his friends to take a break and eat: “‘We brought honey,’ said the bees. Goat said, “I BROUGHT CHEESE!’” Numbered headings introduce younger readers to the format of chapter books. Sound words for the mysterious intruder in part two are written in a different font, bringing the noises to life: “Sigh scratch scrape oh-h-hh.”

These two sweet stories are both accessible and fun.

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    Do a picture walk and notice the structure of the book. Make predictions about the characters, setting and plot. Reflect on and revise your predictions as you read.

  •  As you read, make a list of rhyming words. Incorporate these rhymes in your own writing.
  •  

    Divide the chapters among the same number of groups. Create a puppet show retelling the events of each chapter. Invite another class to come see your show.

  •  

    Do a picture walk and notice the structure of the book. As you discuss the meaning of the pictures, start two lists: house objects and materials needed to build a house.

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    As the book is read aloud, add to the lists of elements that can be found in a house and those needed to build the house.

  •  

    Use a teacher-prepared planning tool to compile and organize your own shoebox mouse house: rooms, furniture and materials. Compare plans with a partner and revise your work as you discuss your ideas.

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    Create a mouse house, with a friend or with your family. Use recycled materials where possible. Hold a class open house to share your creations.

  • Citizenship and Community Life
  • Environmental Awareness and Consumer Rights and Responsibilities