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By Mouse & Frog
by Deborah Freedman


Overview - A spritely read-aloud about the challenges and joys of collaboration
Fastidious Mouse has one idea about how to tell a story. Free-spirited Frog has another. What happens when Frog crashes into Mouse's story with some wild ideas?Chaos ...followed by the discovery that working together means being willing to compromise and that listening to one another can lead to the most beautiful stories of all.
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Overview
A spritely read-aloud about the challenges and joys of collaboration
Fastidious Mouse has one idea about how to tell a story. Free-spirited Frog has another. What happens when Frog crashes into Mouse's story with some wild ideas?Chaos ...followed by the discovery that working together means being willing to compromise and that listening to one another can lead to the most beautiful stories of all.
In her best book yet, the visionary creator of"Blue Chicken"and"The Story of Fish and Snail"has crafted another subtle, clever book-about-books that's also a delightfully entertaining story featuring adorable characters who will win readers' hearts."

 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9780670784905
  • ISBN-10: 0670784907
  • Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers
  • Publish Date: April 2015
  • Page Count: 40
  • Reading Level: Ages 3-6
  • Dimensions: 8.75 x 10.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.79 pounds


Related Categories

Books > Juvenile Fiction > Animals - Mice, Hamsters, Guinea Pigs, etc.
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Social Themes - Friendship
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Humorous Stories

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2015-02-16
  • Reviewer: Staff

Mouse and Frog are avid storytellers. But the careful, deliberate Mouse has in mind a solo project—a tightly focused sketch of domestic life (“Once upon a time... in a quiet little home, Mouse woke up early and set the table”)—while Frog is eager to collaborate on a sprawling, mostly incoherent epic involving a king, a dragon and lots of ice cream. It’s a clash of creative wills and methods, which Freedman (The Story of Fish and Snail) portrays by having her protagonists draw their subject matter as they narrate it. Frog’s ideas quickly (and literally) overwhelm Mouse, but the rodent’s friendship clearly means a lot, and in one of many funny scenes, Frog sadly but dutifully erases his contributions, and solemnly tells his characters, “This story is Mouse’s.” But maybe a partnership isn’t out of the question: Mouse’s gift for structure and restraint and Frog’s boundless imagination could create something wonderful. Wearing its metafictionality lightly and told largely through dialogue that begs for performance, Freedman’s story speaks to power of creative passion and the rewards of playing well with others. Ages 3–5. Agent: Stephen Barr, Writers House. (Apr.)

 
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