THE PLEASANT FIELDMOUSE STORYBOOK by Jan Wahl

THE PLEASANT FIELDMOUSE STORYBOOK

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Through the year with Pleasant Fieldmouse, in five pointless sketches that portray him as variously cute (after skating on thin ice with the inevitable consequence, he boasts, ""I did something Grandpa Fieldmouse never never did. I fell in!""). . . crafty (elected President on the promise of cleaning up the forest, he makes all the other animals Assistants, puts them to work, and goes home for a nap). . . and cozy (he crawls into Bear's log to help him get to sleep, then pretends to fall asleep himself). Elsewhere, echoing the ice adventure, Pleasant tries to fly with homemade wings, and later he builds a succah to give thanks. But none of the episodes engages on its own, and certainly no personality emerges from the five together. (The Presidential gambit, especially, is hardly in a class with the ""lovable"" foibles illustrated elsewhere.) Superfluous.

Pub Date: Feb. 23rd, 1977
Publisher: Prentice-Hall