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Bless This Mouse

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Nanny and the Willoughbys were out for a walk.

This was something that old-fashioned families did from time to time, to expose themselves to invigorating fresh air. Nanny had donned her blue cape, which was the official uniform for nannies.

“Walk briskly, children,” said Nanny, “and swing your arms.” They did so.

“Skip, if you like,” Nanny said. “Skipping is very healthful.” “What is skipping?” Jane asked.

“Yes, what is skipping?” asked the twins.

“Its like this, dolts,”Tim told them, and he skipped ahead of them to demonstrate.

“No more saying of the word dolt,” Nanny announced.“I dislike it.” “What about dodo?” Jane asked.

“Well, lets allow dodo for now,” Nanny said after thinking it over. “If someone does something really stupid, it is permissible to call that person a dodo.

“And,” she added, looking at Tim, who had returned, “if you think that was skipping, you are a dodo.This is skipping.” She demonstrated, skipping to the corner of the block with her cape flying behind her. She turned and beckoned to the children, and each of them skipped toward her one by one. Nanny gave some further instructions—a little more left foot,Tim; no timidity, go flat out, A; good job, much better than before, B; and a pat on the back for Jane, who stumbled and skinned her knee but was heroically not crying.

Now, having walked for several blocks and skipped for the last one, the children found that they were on a familiar street.They had not been back to this street since the day they had trudged here hauling a wagon containing a basket with a baby in it. Tim nudged Barnaby A and nodded meaningfully toward the mansion that loomed ahead. Both of the twins gave nervous glances but then looked away and concentrated on remarks about the quality of the asphalt in the street and a particularly odd-shaped cloud in the sky. Jane fell silent and had a sad look. She had liked the baby, actually, though when its hair was cropped she had found it homely. From time to time she had missed it and wondered about it.

Nanny skipped ahead, not noticing that a hush had fallen upon the children.

“The windows are repaired,” Barnaby B pointed out in a whisper.

“And the cat has been fed,” his twin noticed. “It was thin before, but now its pudgy.” “Someone has mowed the lawn,”Tim observed.

“Shhhh,” said Jane suddenly. “I hear a giggle.” They stood still, the four of them, and after a moment Nanny returned. She had skipped the entire length of the block, assuming the children were behind her. Now she came back to see why they had stopped. “The important thing in terms of fresh-air intake,” Nanny said to them, “is continuity!

If you stop, you lose your continuity.Why ever are you standing about like dodos? You are breathing stagnant air.”

Product Details

ISBN:
9780547390093
Author:
Lowry, Lois
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin
Illustrator:
Rohmann, Eric
Author:
Lowry, Lois
Author:
Thomas, Middy
Author:
Feiffer, Jules
Author:
Rohmann, Eric
Subject:
Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
Subject:
General Juvenile Fiction
Subject:
Family - Parents
Subject:
Readers - Chapter Books
Subject:
Historical - Holocaust
Subject:
Holidays & Festivals - Thanksgiving
Subject:
Fairy Tales & Folklore - Single Title
Subject:
Humorous Stories
Subject:
Mice
Subject:
Action & Adventure - Survival Stories
Subject:
Animals - Mice Hamsters Guinea Pigs etc.
Subject:
Fairy Tales & Folklore - General
Subject:
Children s-Adventure Stories
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20110331
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 3 up to 7
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Black-and-white illustrations
Pages:
160
Dimensions:
7.75 x 3 in 0.7 lb
Age Level:
09-12

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Product details 160 pages Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) - English 9780547390093 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "An endangered community of church mice stars in Lowry's old-fashioned animal fantasy. When the mice of St. Bartholomew's — already fearing the annual Blessing of the Animals that brings an onslaught of cats into their home — learn that too many mouse sightings have prompted kind Father Murphy to call in the dreaded 'Great X' (exterminator), their Mouse Mistress, the commanding Hildegarde, plots an exodus to the unknown territory of Outdoors. 'Hildegarde had an EX of her own now to plan... a special kind of EX she had learned about from listening to readings from the Bible.' 'Peopled' with characters no less endearing for being stereotypical — a loudmouthed adolescent, a learned elder, a loyal and somewhat foolish cohort, and a disagreeable contender for Hildegarde's position — the book is an impeccably constructed, good-humored adventure filled with master plans, near disasters, and brave rescues, all gently frightening for readers even younger than the target audience. Lowry (The Birthday Ball) creates a cozy church environment of lenient sextons, disheveled organists, and skittish Altar Guild ladies, from a mouse's point-of-view. Fun and lighthearted. Final art not seen by PW. Ages 9 — 12. (Mar.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
"Synopsis" by ,
Mrs. Pidgeon has been reading Aesopand#8217;s fables to her second grade class. Whatand#8217;s a fable? Well, itand#8217;s a story that has animals as characters, and it teaches you something important, and . . . Once again it is Gooney Bird Greene who knows how to turn lessons into fun. She has an idea. A fabulous idea! What if each child creates his or her own fable, and tells it to the class? One by one Mrs. Pidgeonand#8217;s students create costumes and stories and morals and excitement. Everyone except Nicholas. What on earth is making Nicholas so unhappy? Leave it to Gooney Bird, of course, to help him solve his problem . . . in a truly fabulous way.
"Synopsis" by ,
A hilarious and timeless tale about a village of church mice that fear another Great X and must fight under their valiant leader, Mouse Mistress Hildegarde, to save themselves!
"Synopsis" by ,

andquot;Fun and lighthearted.andquot; andmdash;Publishers Weekly

andquot;With touches of surprise and a satisfyingly predictable resolution, this is a strong choice for both classroom sharing and independent reading.andquot; andmdash;Booklist

Under the Mouse Mistress Hildegardeandrsquo;s leadership, a resilient group of church mice save themselves from one danger after anotherandmdash;sometimes by the skin of their tails! Can one ultimate act of bravery during the feast day of St. Francis get Father Murphy to bless these mice and keep them safe forever?

"Synopsis" by ,
A resilient and quirky colony of church mice fears another Great X more than they fear cats. Under Mouse Mistress Hildegardes leadership, they save themselves from one danger after another—sometimes just by the skin of their tails! Can one ultimate act of bravery during the feast day of St. Francis get Father Murphy to bless these mice and keep them safe forever? Rife with humor and personality, this young middle-grade novel has an old-fashioned feel with the makings of a modern classic.
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