Synopses & Reviews
Mole took a piece of pink paperand#160;and folded it in half.
He drew a curvy line in pencil.
"That looks like my tail," giggled Mouse.
"Don't be silly!" chuckled Mole.
He cut along the line with scissors.
Snip, snip, snip!
"Presto!" Mole unfolded the paper.
"Why, it's a heart!" Mouse exclaimed.
"You are too clever, Mole!"
Rosy-cheeked Mouse and shy Mole share their secret valentines and feel butterflies in their bellies in this seventh installment in the award-winning Mouse and Mole series. Wong Herbert Yee creates just the right combination of sweetness, humor, and heart with his words and images for this early reader audience. Readers will be smitten and swooning with this new tender and funny book in this artful and accessible series. As an added bonus, learn how to make a valentine to share in the back of the book!
"Twins will find endearing advocates in Ling and Ting, Chinese-American twins who good-naturedly defy people's assumptions that they are interchangeable. 'We are not exactly the same,' Ling replies to this common comment. 'Ting laughs because she is thinking exactly the same thing!' Six entertaining tales are blithesome slices of life that exemplify their uniqueness and companionability. In the first, Ting and Ling get haircuts, but 'Ling can always sit still. Snip! Clip! The barber cuts Ling's hair in a smooth line.' Not so with Ting, who wiggles, sneezes, and ends up with an asymmetrical hairdo that unquestionably sets her apart. Each scenario ranging from making dumplings to giggling over card tricks gone wrong is captured in framed, photo-sized illustrations with old-fashioned charm. The girls wear identical, feminine dresses, again challenging the reader to look beyond exteriors. The final tale, a fantasy spun by Ting, tells of spurning a king who cannot decide which of them to marry: ' Ã¢Â€Â˜But the twins told the king to go away. They were not exactly the same,' Ting says, Ã¢Â€Â˜but they always stayed together.' ' Ages 6-9. (July)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
"Rush out and treat newly independent readers to this heartwarming tale that brings a satisfying end to the arc of Mouse and Mole's relationship."
"This heartwarming, early chapter book unfolds with perfect pacing, and every word advances the plot, provides information, or delivers humor. A delightful addition."
and#8212;School Library Journal
"This romp of an early reader acknowledges that a first crush can feel every bit as momentous as a more long-term love."
"[A] gentle, simply written tale. . . A pleasant entry in the Mouse and Mole series."
"Full of blushing cheeks, butterflies-in-stomachs, and goofy grins, the seventhy title in the Mouse and Mole beginning reader series celebrates Valentine's Day with a mouse-gets-mole romantic comedy in four chapters."
and#8212;The Horn Book Magazine
Ling and Ting are twins. They have the same brown eyes. They have the same pink cheeks. They have the same happy smiles.
Ling and Ting are two adorable identical twins, and they stick together, whether they are making dumplings, getting their hair cut, or practicing magic tricks. But looks are deceiving--people can be very different, even if they look exactly the same.
Ling and Ting are two adorable identical twins, and they stick together, whether they are making dumplings, getting their hair cut, or practicing magic tricks. But looks are deceiving--people can be very different, even if they look exactly the same. Illustrations.
Share a Valentine's Day secretand#160;with sweetheartsand#160;Mouse and Mole in the seventh installment to this Geisel Honor awardand#8211;winning early reader series.
About the Author
Grace Lin is the award-winning and bestselling author and illustrator of Starry River of the Sky
, Where the Mountain Meets the Moon
, The Year of the Dog
, The Year of the Rat
, Dumpling Days
, and Ling and Ting
as well as picture books such as The Ugly Vegetables
and Dim Sum for Everyone!
Grace is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design and lives in Massachusetts.
Her website is www.gracelin.com.