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MILDRED AND SAM by Sharleen Collicott


by Sharleen Collicott & illustrated by Sharleen Collicott

Age Range: 5 - 8

Pub Date: Jan. 1st, 2003
ISBN: 0-06-026681-3
Publisher: HarperCollins

A persnickety house-mouse frets about the size of her burrow in this colorful beginning reader. Mildred and Sam inhabit a snug burrow that is just right for two tiny mice. When Mildred worries about the lack of room for guests, the two try out a sampling of habitats. The ever-practical Sam, who points out the inherent vulnerabilities of such abodes, quickly grounds Mildred’s flights of fancy regarding residing in the branches of a towering oak, floating on an oversized lily pad, and nestling in a rose thicket. Rather than move out, the pair decide to expand, adding deeper levels to their burrow. Mildred’s fantastical dreams persist, now involving the appearance of animated baby gourds that spring up from her garden and take over her little house. In the final chapter, Mildred embarks upon a frenzied fit of decorating. Collicott (Toestomper and the Caterpillars, 1999, etc.) slyly reveals the reason for Mildred’s fractiousness at tale’s end, with the arrival of her octuplets. The full-color illustrations are an engaging composite of bright colors and whimsical drawings that lend an immense visual appeal to the tale. While the length of the chapters and complexity of language is better suited for more assured readers, the fanciful themes and vibrant illustrations make this an enjoyable romp to share as a read aloud. (Easy reader. 5-8)