Mahalia Mouse Goes to College by John Lithgow
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Mahalia Mouse and her family live underneath Dunster House, an old Harvard dormitory. Foraging for food for her younger brothers and sisters, Mahalia gets trapped in a backpack and then finds herself inside a classroom far from home. Mahalia, intrigued by the lecture, starts attending classes and soon becomes a full-time student -- all the while wondering about the fate of her family. But when graduation day finally arrives, Mahalia has a wonderful surprise waiting for her.

Written as part of his keynote address at Harvard's commencement, this latest book from John Lithgow (class of '67) incorporates his trademark witty rhymes and includes a CD of him reading the text at the commencement. Mahalia's story has an inspiring message for graduates or anyone whose success is worthy of celebration.

About John Lithgow

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John Lithgow is the New York Times bestselling author of I Got Two Dogs; Mahalia Mouse Goes to College; Marsupial Sue Presents: The Runaway Pancake; I’m A Manatee; Micawber; Marsupial Sue; The Remarkable Farkle McBride; and Carnival of the Animals. An award-winning actor, he has starred on stage, film, and television. He performs concerts across the country and has recorded the CDs Farkle and Friends, Singin’ in the Bathtub, and The Sunny Side of the Street. Visit John at Igor Oleynikov worked as an assistant at an animation studio in Russia, and became the art director there. He has illustrated a number of children's books that were published in Europe, and his artwork was featured at the 2004 Bologna Children's Book Fair. Igor Oleynikov lives in Moscow.
Published March 27, 2007 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. 40 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books.

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It’s a gloomy day in Cambridge town when tiny Mahalia Mouse, trapped in a student’s backpack whilst out on a food-finding mission for her pitiful little family, is transported to a strange, other world: academia, where she becomes a mouse on a mission!

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Much like the other selections in Lithgow's children's book repertoire, the adventure unfolds in musical-sounding verse, but here, because of the dire circumstances of Mahalia's family, the singsong tone seems inappropriate (e.g., "Tormented by fears of a grim holocaust,/ She pictured her home an...

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Common Sense Media

Originally written as his commencement speech for the Harvard class of '05 (a recording of the speech on CD is included), this rhyming story naturally translates to an intriguing picture book.

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The Trades

While her father is away, young Mahalia is sent out by her mother to try to find some food for her starving family.

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