Thursday, February 17

What We're Reading- The Bookshelf of a 6 Year Old

A few months ago, I was tweeting what books The Boy and I were reading/had read together, and I recognized a pattern.

We like rodents.

Chapter book rats, picture book mice... we enjoy all kinds of scurriers.

Naked Mole Rat Gets DressedSeven Blind Mice (Reading Railroad)  The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry and the Big Hungry Bear (Child's Play Library)   The Best Mouse Cookie Board Book (If You Give...)

The Boy and his sisters get a particulary big kick out of Seven Blind Mice. It's a beautifully illustrated, beautifully told story of, well, seven blind mice, who travel over a mountain and discover new things each day of the week... and eventually put the puzzle pieces together to discover what the mountain really is.

I'm a sucker for Don and Audrey Wood; I adore anything they do. Quick as a Cricket is my absolute favorite, but Mouse, Berry and Bear is a close second.

The Mouse and the Motorcycle  Runaway Ralph  The Secret of Nimh  Stuart Little by E. B. White, Garth Williams (Illustrator)  The Tale of Despereaux, Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, some soup, and a spool of thread

The very first chapter book The Boy and I read together, snuggled under covers, asking his daddy for one more chapter at bedtime, was my beloved Beverly Cleary's The Mouse and The Motorcycle. I loved litte Ralph as much this time around as I did when I was small. We also read Runaway Ralph, but haven't gotten around to Ralph S. Mouse. Yet.

The Secret of NIMH (that Amazon link leads to a paperback copy forjust $0.01!) was one of my very favorite books as a kid. It's full of terror and bravery and science and loyalty and a mother's love. And rats. We haven't read it together yet, but it's high on The Boy's TBR pile. And oh, what a pile it is.

Stuart Little and his bird friend Margalo's adventures were fun to read outloud. The language is a throwback to the '40s, and we learned some new words.

Our absolute favorite mouse-and-rat book thus has been Kate DiCamillo's The Tale of Desperaux (You know: "Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread"). DiCamillo's writing is incredibly descriptive, imaginative and emotionally satisfying.
I can't say the same about the movie. It was crap.

So, if you have an early-reader in your house, or know one, or have ever been one, and you (or they) have a thing for rodentia, pick up one (or some!) of these books.

But don't take my word for it!

I know there are some great literary mice out there.... which books am I leaving out?


1 comment:

  1. Can't forget Reepacheep in the Narnia books.

    And as a kid, I really enjoyed hearing the Redwall series red aloud to us at bedtime. All about mice and other small woodland creatures.


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