Who Wants To Play With Little Mouse?


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A lovely blend of academic and emotional learning, this is an enjoyable story to be read aloud to preschool-aged children.

Friendship can be challenging, especially when distractions abound. One hot day, Little Mouse is feeling lonely in his house. So, he decides to leave his rose plant behind and venture out in the world to see if any of his friends want to play. On his travels, Little Mouse encounters a series of creatures; ants, snails, frogs, ducks, and more are all enjoying the sunshine, but none of them notice Little Mouse. Sad and feeling more alone than ever, Little Mouse returns to his house in tears. The next day, the other creatures discover what happened, apologizing to Little Mouse and inviting him to play. Preschool-aged children learning their numbers will enjoy this book that combines counting with familiar animals and emotions. Each page features two rhyming lines of text, the meter of which is balanced to be read aloud with ease. While the writing itself lacks some finesse in order to match the pacing and rhyme, the rhythm remains pleasing to the ear. Perhaps most noteworthy are the illustrations of Little Mouse and his friends. Saturated with the hues of summer, reds, yellows, and greens dominate the visuals on each page. Delightful representations of each creature enhance the images and are enjoyable for readers of all ages. The story counts up from one to ten, featuring the written number, the numeric number, and a corresponding quantity of the featured creature on each occasion. Layers of counting are therefore included on each page, encouraging learning on a variety of levels. After the other creatures apologize to Little Mouse, the numbers count back down from ten to one, providing an additional opportunity for counting practice. Bright color and eye-catching illustrations are sure to draw readers into this picture book. A lovely blend of academic and emotional learning, Who Wants to Play With Little Mouse? is an enjoyable story to be read aloud to preschool-aged children.

Grades pre-K to K

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On a sunny day, behind the trees Mouse feels a bit lonely. Setting off to find some friends, Little Mouse counts them as he goes. One busy ant… two flying birds…. three bustling spiders …

His friends are caught up in their own activities, and don’t notice Little Mouse at all!

Sad and lonely with no one to play with, but then relieved and happy! Mouse’s friends are true and arrive in time to remind Little Mouse that friendship is there, waiting for us, even when our friends are busy.

Interactive, engaging, with a rhyme and cadence that is perfect for small children.

About the author

Jana Buchmann is a children’s author and proud mom of three with a love of storytelling. Her books are characterized by beautiful, adorable illustrations and simple, uncomplicated storytelling. Jana believes that any child can learn to love reading if they are given the right book. view profile

Published on September 29, 2020

0-1000 words

Genre: Children's

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