Yamashita’s septuplet mice are back, this time solving the problem of how to get their slip-cautious Mother to go ice fishing with them.
Following an afterschool ice-skating excursion, the sibs are anxious to go ice fishing, just like Little Weasel and his father. However, Father has to work, and Mother is too afraid of slipping on the ice. But after learning that their Mother used to be called the “Ice-Fishing Princess,” they put their heads together for some problem solving. Some cutting, hammering and tying later, they present Mother with their invention—a sled-chair that they can tow across the ice to the fishing hole. While the children all have fun, they are not as successful as Mother, who proves she still deserves her title. The softly colored illustrations are extremely detailed, giving readers much to peruse, though they are best observed from laps than in a group. Outdoors, wintry whites and blues contrast nicely with the cozy sepia tones that signal the warmth of home. The mice are adorable and expressive, but it’s bit of a pity the children aren’t given individual personalities.
Get the augur and poles ready—this is likely to have children clamoring to try their own hands at ice fishing. (Picture book. 4-8)