Amelia is a mouse and an inventor! The story, told in rhythmic rhyme, starts out with some of the more interesting inventions that Amelia has created, though I am not sure how useful they all are. One day, her neighbor, Winston the rat, comes by and tells her that he is having trouble using his cane properly because it gets stuck in holes and on roots and is making difficult for him to use it. He wants to know if Amelia can make something that will be more useful for him. Amelia puts on her thinking cap and has a few out of this world attempts - she tries to make it a rocket, she tries to make it bouncy and finally she decides to make it a sword! When Winston comes back he isn't sure the sword will work - but Amelia tries one more time and is able to come up with something that Winston is really happy with!
I thought this book was absolutely adorable and as someone who uses a cane, I got a kick out of her ideas - friends and I often tease about making my cane a sword. (But now I see how impractical it is thanks to Winston and Amelia!) I also absolutely loved the moral of the story: you don't have failures, you just learn from them and make things better and better! Definitely a great thing for kids (of all ages) to learn, and I always love when books have fun rhymes to them. It almost makes me want to sing them instead of read them!
I love to read and lately have been reading several books a week.