Mouse's Birthday by Jane Yolen

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Mouse's tiny little house becomes the scene of a very large birthday party, when Cat, Dog, Horse, Cow, and Farmer arrive for the celebration, and suddenly Mouse needs a new house, in a whimsical cumulative rhyme. Jr Lib Guild.
 

About Jane Yolen

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Jane Yolen was born February 11, 1939 in New York City. She received her BA from Smith College in 1960. After college, she became an editor in New York City and wrote during her lunch break. She sold her first children's book, Pirates in Petticoats, at the age of 22. Since then, she has written over 300 books for children, young adults and adults. Her other works include the Emperor and the Kite, Owl Moon, How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? and The Devil's Arithmetic, which tells the story of the life of a Jew in a concentration camp. She has won a multitude of medals for her work including the Kerlan Award, the Regina Medal, the Keene State Children's Literature Award, the Caldecott Medal, two Nebula Awards, two Christopher Medals, the World Fantasy Award, three Mythopoeic Fantasy Awards, the Golden Kite Award, the Jewish Book Award, the World Fantasy Association's Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Association of Jewish Libraries Award. Bruce Degen has illustrated all the Jesse Bear books. He is the author and illustrator of "Jamberry, " and the illustrator of the acclaimed Magic School Bus series. He has taught courses on art and the writing and illustrating of children's books to children and adults. Mr. Degen, his wife, and their two sons, Benjamin and Alexander, live in Connecticut in a renovated farmhouse with ducks on the pond, bats in the barn, and a family tree that Jesse Bear himself would love to climb.
 
Published March 24, 1993 by G.P. Putnam's Sons.
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference. Fiction

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It's Mouse's birthday, and--one by one--his friends (cat, dog, cow, horse, farmer) squeeze into the tiny, well-appointed straw house where Mouse lives in a quiet corner of the barn.

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As Cat, Dog, Cow and Horse snuggle close to Mouse, ``In comes Farmer on his knees, / Carrying a brown valise, / Trying very hard to squeeze / Into Mouse's house.'' The overcrowding ends the second that Mouse overzealously blows out the candle on his cake, causing the sides of his house--and all h...

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