By Word Of Mouse by Kate Spohn

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Lucy is a curious and adventurous mouse who wants to live in a real house. At first Lucy only visits the house occasionally. Each time, the sisters who live there bring her back to the woods and tell her not to come back. But she doesn't understand why-after all, the sisters bake sugar lace cookies just for her (she thinks). And Lucy can tell they love animals. Surely the sisters will have to give in eventually . . .

When Kate Spohn was in high school, she tended the garden of Dorothy and Gertrude Lathrop (Dorothy received the first Caldecott Medal in 1938 for Animals of the Bible), witnessing firsthand the sisters' kindness toward animals and love of all living things. Kate has brought Lucy to life in this delightful picture book about a determined and charming mouse finding a home of her own.

About Kate Spohn

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Kate Spohn was six years old when she drew a Dalmatian puppy and won tickets to the opening premier of the animated movie 101 Dalmatians. Growing up in the small country town of Falls Village, Connecticut, influenced her writing and artistic style. Her inspiration comes from her love of nature, critters, friendship, and beauty found in unexpected places. She received a BFA from Cooper Union. Today she is the author-illustrator of over 30 books. She is happy to live in New York City, where good friends, good music, good cupcakes, and good fashion are only a couple of blocks away.
Published June 12, 2004 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens. 32 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The bright oil illustrations are as uncomplicated as the text, if not so burdened by lacunae in logic (just why did the sisters reverse their position so quickly?), with bowling-pin shaped mice dancing on stick legs, and round-faced sisters looking on dotingly.

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Both a lighthearted entreaty for benevolent human-mouse relations and a tribute to Dorothy Lathrop (who won the first Caldecott Medal for Animals of the Bible ) and her sister Gertrude, Spohn's (the Turtle and Snake series) latest title stars a mouse named Lucy, the "youngest and most adventureso...

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