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  If You Give a Mouse a Cookie (Hardcover) 

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie (If You Give...)

Laura Numeroff, Felicia Bond (Hardcover)

Genres: Fiction - Children's Picture Books, Humorous Stories; Book Theme: Animals

"If You Give a Mouse a Cookie" by Laura Numeroff is one of our favorite children's books. When a boy is sitting on the grass outside his house eating a cookie, a little mouse shows up. If the boy gives the mouse a cookie, the mouse will ask for a glass of milk. The milk will lead to a straw, and straw will lead to a napkin, so on and so forth. The humorous story ends with the mouse asking a glass of milk and then a cookie. This classic children's picture book encourages kids to make predictions and teaches cause and effect in a fun way. Felicia Bond's detailed and humorous illustrations closely match vocabulary words and bring the main characters to life. "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie" is a great book to read aloud to children in preschool and kindergarten.


  Poppy (Paperback) 

Poppy (Poppy Books)

Avi (Paperback)

Genre: Fiction - Animal Fantasy; Book Theme: Animals

"Poppy" by Avi, winner of the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, is a fast-paced and suspense-filled animal fantasy book. Main characters are two talking animals: a deer mouse named Poppy and a great horned owl called Mr. Ocax. The owl claims to be the ruler of the Dimwood Forest and promises to protect the mice headed by Poppy's father Lungwort in exchange for their obedience. After the owl kills Poppy's best friend Ragweed and refuses the request by the Poppy's father to move half of the mice family to a new place, Poppy sets out to find the new home. Along the way, Poppy makes friends with Ereth, a porcupine. In the end, Poppy engages in a fierce battle with the owl. Children in 4th grade through 7th grade will enjoy this award-winning chapter book.


  The Tale of Despereaux (Hardcover) 

The Tale of Despereaux (Newbery Medal Book)

Kate DiCamillo, Timothy Basil Ering (Hardcover)

Genre: Fiction - Animal Fantasy; Book Theme: Animals

The Tale of Despereaux by Kate Dicamillo, a 2004 Newbery Medal award winner, is one of our favorite animal fantasy books. This chapter book tells interwoven stories of three main characters. It is a tale of Despereaux Tilling, a small mouse who doesn't behave like an ordinary mouse. Despereaux likes to read stories and falls in love with a princess named Pea. The Mouse Council banishes Despereaux to a dark dungeon for breaking the mouse rules of conduct. It is a tale of Chiaroscuro, a rat who lives in the darkness of dungeon but has an unusual interest in light. It is also a tale of Miggery Sow, an abused and slow-witted servant girl who longs to be a princess. After discovering the rat's plot to kidnap the princess, Despereaux bravely comes to the rescue. With a well-paced story and memorable protagonists, The Tale of Despereaux appeals children in 4th grade through 7th grade. It is a good chapter book to read aloud.


  Doctor Maisy (Paperback) 

Doctor Maisy (Maisy Books Series)

Lucy Cousins (Paperback)

Genre: Fiction - Children's Picture Books; Book Theme: Animals

In "Doctor Maisy" by Lucy Cousins, Maisy the mouse plays doctor while her friend Tallulah plays nurse. Lucy Cousins' colorful illustrations and big-sized words make "Doctor Maisy" an interesting picture book to read with toddlers.


  Maisy's Snowy Christmas Eve (Hardcover) 

Maisy's Snowy Christmas Eve (Maisy Books Series)

Lucy Cousins (Hardcover)

Genre: Fiction - Children's Picture Books; Book Themes: Animals, Christmas

"Maisy's Snowy Christmas Eve" is another delightful Maisy book by Lucy Cousins. It's snowing hard on Christmas Eve. Maisy the mouse invites her friends to come to her house for a Christmas celebration. Cyril comes on snowshoes, Charley and Tallulah by sled. Eddie the elephant walks and get stuck in the snow. Maisy and her friends go out to search for the elephant and pull him out of the snow. Then they sing Christmas carols and have a great Christmas Eve together. The bright illustrations by Lucy Cousins appeal to toddlers and preschoolers.


  Maisy Goes Camping (Hardcover) 

Maisy Goes Camping (Maisy Books Series)

Lucy Cousins (Hardcover)

Genre: Fiction - Children's Picture Books; Book Theme: Animals

In "Maisy Goes Camping" by Lucy Cousins, Maisy the mouse and his friends pitch a tent, sing around the campfire and go into the tent one by one to see how many of them fit. Bold colors, simple lines and big size words make it a good picture book to read with toddlers and preschoolers. The sentences are short, yet detailed enough to tell a good story.


  Maisy Takes a Bath (Maisy Books) (Paperback) 

Maisy Takes a Bath (Maisy Books)

Lucy Cousins (Paperback)

Genre: Fiction - Children's Picture Books; Book Theme: Animals

"Maisy Takes a Bath (Maisy Books)" is an interesting picture book for toddlers. Maisy the mouse is ready to take a bath. Tallulah the chicken comes to play, but has to wait. Eventually, Maisy and Tallulah play in the bath together. Lucy Cousins' boldly illustrated story is simple and well told.


  How Will You Get There, Maisy? (Hardcover) 

How Will You Get There, Maisy? (Maisy Books Series)

Lucy Cousins (Hardcover)

Genre: Fiction - Children's Picture Books; Book Themes: Animals, Transportation

"How Will You Get There, Maisy?" by Lucy Cousins is a lift-the-flap book featuring Maisy the mouse and her friends. Author Lucy Cousins lets toddlers and preschoolers look at the clues on the left-hand page of the picture book and then lift a flap on the right-hand page to find out what methods of transportation Maisy and her pals use to get from here to there.


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