The Purple Ribbon by Sharelle Byars Moranville

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The charming adventures of a mouse family—who take up residence in a most unlikely place!

Wrapping one end of the purple ribbon around herself and her babies, Spring daydreamed. Someday she’d take her little ones home to live in the shade of the thorn tree. But, for now, they would be a family of car mice.

Spring is a field mouse. She lives with her babies—Parsley Snowflake, Oak, Pebble, and little Jellybean—under the front seat of an old abandoned car. This is the story of their marvelous (and sometimes not so marvelous) adventures. It is also the story of a very special purple ribbon that keeps Spring and her mighty family safe and happy—and always together.

Sharelle Byars Moranville has written a warmhearted tale that is ideal for reading aloud—for the whole family to enjoy together.

About Sharelle Byars Moranville

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Sharelle Byars Moranville is a professor of literature and the author of the middle-grade novel Over the River, which Booklist said was “beautifully written” in a starred review. She lives in West Des Moines, Iowa, with her husband.Anna Alter has created such books as Estelle and Lucy and The Three Little Kittens. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, Ms. Alter teaches art education to preschool children. She lives in Boston.
Published April 1, 2003 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR). 80 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Each chapter from this point shares a short story of how Spring and her four young mice live in the car, yet each chapter has little connection to the next.

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by the second chapter, which has abruptly skipped to the grown Spring's pregnancy, Spring is anxious to return the purple ribbon to GranDora's safekeeping.

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