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Upstairs Mouse, downstairs Mole




Publication Information:
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Co., 2005.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 21 cm
Series title(s):
Clean and tidy -- The invitations -- Kind, good neighbors -- The boat.
Mouse and his downstairs neighbor, Mole, discover that when they help each other, housecleaning and other daily tasks are much easier.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader/Renaissance Learning LG 3.0 0.5.

Accelerated Reader LG 3.0 0.5 88683.


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On Order



Mouse and Mole are neighbors.Mouse lives inside an oak tree, and Mole lives in a hole underneath.They are neighbors, but they are also friends.Sometimes friends make mistakes, but friends always try to help each other out.That is what Mouse and Mole do.A sweet and fun beginning chapter book by the creator of Fireman Small, Upstairs Mouse, Downstairs Mole is the story of two neighbors who go together like a pair of oars.

Author Notes

Wong Herbert Yee lives in Michigan, where he writes and illustrates books for children including the Mouse and Mole series and the Fireman Small series. For a complete list of books by Wong Herbert Yee, visit www.houghtonmifflinbooks.com. For more information about Wong, visit his Web site at http://hometown.aol.com/wongherbertyee/

Reviews 4

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 3-Aptly dedicated to "Friends of Frog and Toad," this delightful beginning reader introduces two endearing neighbors. In the first chapter, Mouse inadvertently sends all her dirt cascading onto Mole's pristine floor when she sweeps. When he confronts her, they learn that with a bit of ingenuity and cooperation, they can clean both floors and still have time to plant a garden. In "The Invitations," the new friends attempt to share a meal, but their innate differences-Mole likes his house damp and dark and eats worms, Mouse likes the warm sun and prefers cheese-make it impossible. Next, the animals find clever ways to reconcile their dissimilarities: Mole presents Mouse with some candles to use when she visits, and she gives him a pair of sunglasses. In the final entry, Mole surprises Mouse with a rowboat. Although it's missing an oar, they manage to have fun. The next day, Mouse has a surprise of her own-a new paddle to make "A pair-like you and me!" The expressive bamboo-pen and watercolor with colored-pencil illustrations capture the humor of the situations as well as the emotions of the characters. With its controlled vocabulary, repetition, and humor, this tale of friendship also introduces opposites, homophones, and letter writing. A real winner.-Barbara Auerbach, New York City Public Schools (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Publisher's Weekly Review

Yee's (Fireman Small) comfy beginning reader (dedicated to "Friends of Frog and Toad") focuses on Mouse and Mole and packs in plenty of sweetness and civility. All four stories show the pair learning how friends must accommodate each other's limitations and desires. Each turn of the page contains as many as four pen, watercolor and colored pencil spot illustrations that cheerfully animate the simply plotted tales. When downstairs Mole has to sweep his house twice because upstairs Mouse has a hole in her floor, they agree to sweep each others' houses together to save "half the time." When they take turns inviting each other over for dinner, Mouse bumps into things in Mole's damp, dark house, while Mole, blinded by the bright sunshine, is also knocked off his chair by the odor of Limburger cheese. The characters speak with a kind of charming Victorian formality. When Mole presents Mouse with a present (a candle for her next visit to Mole's), Mole says, "This is for you.... I hope you don't think me a thoughtless neighbor." The tone of their speech fits both the gentle characters and the leisurely pace of their affable stories. Ages 5-8. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Horn Book Review

Mouse lives in a house inside an oak tree. Mole lives in a hole under the house of Mouse."" In four episodic but connected chapters, the friends navigate their differences and demonstrate the art of compromise, whether they're working out a cleaning schedule, accommodating each other's preferences, or rowing a boat with one oar. Yee's illustrations give the characters personality. (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. All rights reserved.

Booklist Review

Gr. 1-3. Mouse and Mole are neighbors, but it seems their differences outweigh the pluses of friendship. Mouse sweeps her apartment in a tree, and the dirt falls into Mole's house, below. When Mole invites Mouse over, he serves her worms, which Mouse doesn't like. When Mouse invites Mole over, she serves him cheese, which Mole doesn't find appetizing. But step-by-step, the duo works through misunderstandings and disagreements, leading to the strong message that thinking about one another is the way to bolster a relationship. Yee's watercolor-and-ink illustrations are diminutive, but their charm is pervasive. This is not part of an established easy reader series, but it certainly works as one in terms of both subject and design. Kids will develop reading skills and come away with a lesson in friendship. --Ilene Cooper Copyright 2005 Booklist