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Welcome Home, Mouseby Elisa Kleven
Synopses & Reviews
Stanley loves to help, but sometimes he gets so excited he makes mistakes. While running errands for his mom—CRASH—Stanley bounces his ball right on top of Mouse’s house, smashing it to smithereens. Stanley wants to make up for what he’s done, but how? In Elisa Kleven’s expressive, detailed pictures, Stanley finds his inspiration all around him, from here and there, and this and that. Soon he is ready to surprise his friend with a new house, and what a wonderful place it is!
"Kleven's (A Carousel Tale) gentle story offers a feel-good spin on the tried-and-true theme of unlikely animal friends. Mixed-media collages playfully underscore the difference in size between Stanley, a young and often clumsy elephant, and Mouse, whose pumpkin house Stanley inadvertently demolishes with his ball while playing in the yard. 'My cozy house. Smashed to bits and pieces,' laments the distraught mouse. Equally dismayed, Stanley offers to make her a 'surprise house.' On a trip to town with Mouse, the elephant surreptitiously collects an array of items, including a cardboard box, napkins, flowers, and twigs. The recycling bin on his front porch supplies additional building materials for the charming house he assembles for Mouse, complete with a table fashioned from a jar lid, a leaf pillow, a bottle cap plate, and decorative stamps as wall hangings. Sunny, outdoor scenarios and busy indoor scenes provide abundant details to keep readers' interest. And given how many times Stanley is made to feel guilty or embarrassed about his bumbling nature, his triumph feels all the sweeter. Ages 2 — 5. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
Stanley the elephant, who's very clumsy, accidentally smashes Mouse's house, then promises to try to make a new one.
About the Author
ELISA KLEVEN is an illustrator and/or author of nearly thirty picture books. Her joyful collage artwork and gentle stories celebrate friendship, creativity, and a love for nature and the imagination. Elisa’s picture books grow out of her childhood desire to find and create magical worlds, and include The Paper Princess, The Lion and the Little Red Bird, Ernst, The Puddle Pail, A Carousel Tale, Sun Bread, The Apple Doll, De Colores by José-Luis Orozco, and Abuela by Arthur Dorros. Elisa’s books have been named ALA Notable Books, School Library Journal Best Books of the Year, New York Times Best Illustrated Book of the Year, and Junior Library Guild Selections. Elisa lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, Paul, daughter, Mia, and son, Ben.
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