Monday, May 18, 2009

Upstairs mouse, downstairs Mole by Wong Herbert Yee

This simple little chapter book has four interconnected short stories about friendship, compromise, difference and acceptance. Mouse lives upstairs in a space filled with light and she delights in eating yummy cheese. Mole loves downstairs in a lovely damp, dark cave-like space and he delights in eating fresh worms.

Mouse and Mole want to be friends so they help each other with the chores and then try to repay the kindness by offering their own special hospitality. Of course neither is happy in the others environment but good manners prevent them from saying this. These two very different characters must find a way to stay friends. The final chapter sees them together enjoying a boat trip and learning how to help each other as they share one oar.

Fans of Frog is Frog by Max Velthuis will love this little collection.

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