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One is a feast for Mouse : a Thanksgiving tale


1st ed.
Publication Information:
New York : Holiday House, 2008.
Physical Description:
1 volume : color illustrations ; 29 cm
On Thanksgiving Day while everyone naps, Mouse spots one pea, a perfect feast, but he cannot help adding all of the fixings--until Cat spots him.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader 3.6.

Reading Counts! 3.2.

Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.6 0.5 124298.

Reading Counts RC K-2 3.2 1 Quiz: 47733.
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Thanksgiving Picture Book Cox

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Perfect for Thanksgiving, this warm and humourous picture book gently reminds us to give thanks for the little things. The Thanksgiving feast is over. Leftover turkey and pumpkin pie litter the table. Mouse peeps out of his hidey-hole and spots a small green pea. the perfect feast for one mouse. Yes, one green pea, one red cranberry, one plate of mashed potatoes, and one roasted turkey, that should make a very fine feast for Mouse. But can he get it all back to his hidey-hole?

Author Notes

Judy Cox is an elementary school teacher and the author of picture books and fiction for young readers. She received an Anne Izard Storytellers' Choice Award for children for One is a Feast for Mouse, the first book about Mouse. School Library Journal called her Go to Sleep, Groundhog! "irresistible," while Booklist praised it as "charming." She lives with her family in Oregon.

Jeffrey Ebbeler has worked as an art director, book designer, and illustrator. School Library Journal called his illustrations for Punxsutawney Phyllis by Susanna Leonard Hill "exuberant . . . rustic [and] cozy," and Booklist claimed his artwork was "the main attraction." He lives with his family in Chicago, where he also plays the trumpet and drums in local bands.

Reviews 4

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-The remains of a Thanksgiving dinner are irresistible to a little mouse, who creeps out of his hole to help himself to one small pea. But soon, greed gets the better of him and before he knows it, he has taken one of every leftover tidbit, including the gravy boat and platter of turkey. Before he makes it safely back home, however, the cat spies him and pounces, knocking everything on the floor. The mouse escapes just in time, while the cat gets the blame, and to his delight he finds one "teensy-tiny, round and toothsome, green and luscious pea" for which he exclaims: "Give thanks! One is a feast for me!" Whimsical, large-scale illustrations drawn in acrylics, pastels, and colored pencils are a perfect complement to the story. Plenty of action and humor as well as a thoroughly satisfying ending make this a wonderful holiday read-aloud.-Sally R. Dow, Ossining Public Library, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Horn Book Review

(Preschool, Primary) Overindulging at Thanksgiving is as much a part of the celebration as cornucopia centerpieces. For Mouse, though, feasting could end with more serious consequences than an overextended stomach. When Mouse creeps out from his "hidey-hole," he spies the remnants of a Thanksgiving feast. He starts by picking up one "teensy-tiny, toothsome, green pea," but soon he spies more goodies, and his pile grows. Bright acrylic paintings from multiple perspectives show Mouse, his large glasses not quite resting on his ears, juggling an increasingly unwieldy mountain of food. The repeated refrain ("One is a feast for me") gets funnier as he takes "just one" cranberry, olive, and carrot stick, then a plate holding one scoop of mashed potatoes, etc. Mouse loses most of his feast when Cat wakes up, but nonetheless remembers to "give thanks" for what he manages to salvage -- that single green pea. From HORN BOOK, (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Kirkus Review

Mouse creeps out on Thanksgiving Day as the human family enjoys its post-prandial nap. He spots a pea on the uncleared table, and then a cranberry, then an olive, then a carrot stick...Thinking to himself, "One is a feast for me," he soon amasses one of everything, until a tower of food teeters on its base of one pea. Ebbeler's full-bleed, double-page spreads make the most of the humor made available by situation and scale--spot the bespectacled mouse dwarfed by his pile as he marches past Pilgrim salt-and-pepper shakers just his size. Greed goeth before a fall, however, in a slapstick climax children will relish. (Picture book. 4-8) Copyright ©Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

Booklist Review

After a human family finishes their Thanksgiving dinner, Mouse is overjoyed to discover the leftovers, starting with a teensy-tiny pea: One will be a feast for me. Mouse gathers more scavenged treats, from cranberries to a whole pie slice, until he builds a huge stack. When Cat, who is also hungry, startles Mouse, the precariously piled food goes flying, and Mouse scurries back to safety, without his festive treats. Happily, though, the original pea is still reachable, and with renewed appreciation, Mouse enjoys a modest holiday meal. Cox's prose is descriptive and lively, though very young children may need help with some vocabulary ( toothsome ) and phrases: Mouse's eyes were bigger than his stomach. The colorful, animated, mixed-media illustrations show the world from a rodent's perspective, with familiar foods and household items shown in towering proportions. Particularly dramatic is a vertical spread that depicts small Mouse beneath his tall, turkey-topped food pile as Cat's face looms at the table edge. This entertaining story may be a good starting point for discussions about appreciation and excess.--Rosenfeld, Shelle Copyright 2008 Booklist