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Mouse Tales [Paperback]

Arnold Lobel
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Oct. 25 1978 An I Can Read Book
Seven mouse boys lie awake one night... . . . And they ask their Papa to tell them a story. Papa does better than that -- he tells them seven stories, one for each boy.

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About the Author

During his distinguished career Arnold Lobel wrote and/or illustrated over 70 books for children. To his illustrating credit, he had a Caldecott Medal book -- Fables (1981) -- and two Caldecott Honor Books-his own Frog and Toad are Friends (1971) and Hildilid's Night by Cheli Duran Ryan (1972). To his writing credit, he had a Newbery Honor Book -- Frog and Toad Together (1973). But to his greatest credit, he had a following of literally millions of young children with whom he shared the warmth and humor of his unpretentious vision of life.

Though he was a born storyteller -- he began making up stories extemporaneously to entertain his fellow second-graders in Schenectady, New York, where he grew up in the care of his grandparents. Mr. Lobel called himself a "lucky amateur" in terms of his writing. Viewing himself as a professionally trained illustrator (he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Pratt Institute), he said, "I know how to draw pictures. With writing, I don't really know what I'm doing. It's very intuitive."

In addition to the Frog and Toad books, Owl at Home, Mouse Tales, The Book of Pigericks, and many other popular books he created, Mr. Lobel also illustrated other writers' texts that captured his fancy. He viewed this as "something different and challenging." Often his illustrations for those books showed a different aspect of his personality and his artistic expertise, ranging from his meticulous dinosaurs in Dinosaur Time by Peggy Parish to his chilling pen-and-ink drawings in Nightmares: Poems to Trouble Your Sleep by Jack Prelutsky, about which Booklist wrote, "Young readers will be amazed that the gentle Lobel of Frog and Toad fame can be so comfortably diabolic."

In 1977 Mr. Lobel and his wife, Anita, a distinguished children's book author and artist in her own right, collaborated on their first book, How the Rooster Saved the Day, chosen by School Library Journal as one of the Best Books of the Year, 1977. They then collaborated on three more books, A Treeful of Pigs, a 1979 ALA Notable Book; On Market Street, a 1982 Caldecott Honor Book; and The Rose in My Garden, a 1984 Boston Globe/Horn Book Honor Book.

Arnold Lobel died in 1987.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A classic Nov. 14 2001
This book is full of fond memories for me. A wishing well that says "Ouch!" and a cloud that turns into a giant cat. What do you do when your suspenders break and everyone makes fun of you? (Bubble gum!) Or when the wind blows your sailboat onto a house? There's a mouse that wears out his last pair of feet--and has to buy new ones--and another who floods the neighborhood taking his bath. Each story touches a part of life: fear, silliness, happiness, friendship.
Well told and wonderfully illustrated, here are seven tiny journeys of the soul and hours of enjoyment, whether you're a Very Short Mouse or a Very Tall Mouse.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mouse Tales by Arnold Lobel July 21 2001
Mouse Tales has long been a family favorite. Now that I have my own son, he has two ragged paperback from when I was a child, and a hardback French-language version. The best story in our opinion has always been about the mouse who goes to visit his mother, and ends up buying new feet from a vendor at the side of the road, since his own were worn out. To this day whenever someone in our family gets a suntan above their socks, we tell them what nice new feet they have, just like the mouse's mother in the story. Definitely a classic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable and Imaginative! Oct. 14 2002
By A Customer
I love Arnold Lobel. He tends to always use animals to convey morals. Immediately because of the sweet illustrations of animals wearing clothes, kids are delighted. The stories are simple and make great short stories for kids right before they delve into more difficult chapter books. These stories show friendship, manners, respect for differences, and helpfulness. This book is filled with positive stories. The tales show cause and effect relationships or compare and contrast stories. It would be a great book to use in an author study of Arnold Lobel. I highly recommend this book in addition, to all of his great books!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Lobel! May 3 2011
By Nicola Mansfield HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Reason for Reading: Son read aloud to me as his reader.

This is perfect Arnold Lobel. Once all seven mouse boys are in bed, Papa mouse begins storytime and he tells one story per child. Thus we have a book of seven short tales. They are all cute and funny and both ds and I enjoyed the book very much. Mostly, the stories are about boys but there is one about a girl and another about a boy and his mother. So this is certainly a boy friendly book, but I don't think girls are going to notice the lack of females; the stories are just funny for everyone. Plus, of course, this is Lobel in the hey day of his artistic talent. Gorgeous and plentiful illustrations.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Laugh-Along kind of Book Dec 16 2001
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Mouse Tales is a great book! The pictures wonderfully illustrate everything the book is trying to say for younger kids, and the words are easy enough for begining readers to work their way though it by themselves. It will make children along with adults laugh at every story. Mouse Tales also has seven short stories with in it. If you have a child with a short attention span, you can stop at any story and pick up at the next one and not have to worry about if your child remembers what came before. It is a real good book for begining readers and i would definitly recommend it to anyone.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mouse Tales Jan. 21 2000
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This was one of my most adored books as a child. The stories are interesting, the pictures adorable, and while a child may get the satisfaction of reading a "whole book", it would not take up a parent's whole night to read. However, at 25, I rediscovered this book and was a bit taken aback at how there really are no "happy endings" to these 7 stories, but rather the stories of the journeys themselves. They should be considered original (Hans Christan Anderson) fairy tales, rather than modern (Disney) ones, and possibly need a parent's explanation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable short read then and now! March 16 2010
I absolutely *adored* this book as a child! I was a prolific young reader, tackling books of every size and books far beyond my age-group. However, while this small collection of tales is short and simple, I continued to read it over and over and over. And it's *still* as enjoyable today! I think this would be a great book to simply carry around, no matter how old someone is. Keep it your backpack, jacket pocket, purse or car. And when you have time to kill and there's nothing better to do, whip this out and give it a quick hundredth read.
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