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The Greentail Mouseby Leo Lionni
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Originally published in 1973, this is the offbeat fable of a city mouse who visits his peaceful country cousins and tells them about Mardi Gras in the city. The country mice are inspired to have their own Mardi Gras. And at first it is fun wearing their masks with sharp teeth and tusks and scaring each other, but after a while they begin believing that they really are ferocious animals.
Leo Lionni’s winsome mice cavort across big double-page spreads of oil paintings and tell a story about what is real and what is not that is just right for preschoolers.
Originally published in 1973, this offbeat retelling of the city mouse-country mouse fable is a reassuring tale about being true to oneself. The animals in the peaceful country celebrate Mardi Gras after hearing the city mouse describe the celebration. Full-color illustrations.
About the Author
Leo Lionni was a four-time Caldecott Honor winner for Inch by Inch, Frederick, Swimmy, and Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse. He died in 1999 at the age of 89.
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