book review

Mary and the Mouse, the Mouse and Mary by Beverly Donofrio and Barbara McClintock

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A delightful book for older kids, this story will be especially fun for kids who ask, “what will I be like when I grow up?”  One night, Mary meets a mouse who lives in her house, and who “had a mother and a father and a sister and a brother, too”.   Each had been told to beware of the other, so the mouse and Mary simply wave at each other each night after dinner.  Their lives parallel each other, as they go to school, move out, and even become mothers.  The story is quiet and sweet, and kids will love the details in the meticulous illustrations–for example, Mary has a pink striped rug, the mouse uses a pink striped sock as a rug, both have pictures of the other hanging on their walls.   Older readers will love some one-on-one time with a parent to explore this delicate and detailed book together.

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