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UPSTAIRS MOUSE, DOWNSTAIRS MOLE by Wong Herbert Yee

UPSTAIRS MOUSE, DOWNSTAIRS MOLE

From the Mouse & Mole series, volume 1

By Wong Herbert Yee (Author) , Wong Herbert Yee (Illustrator)

Age Range: 5 - 8

Pub Date: Sept. 26th, 2005
ISBN: 0-618-47313-0
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin

The creator of the Fireman Small series introduces a new pair of characters: a female mouse and a male mole who are neighbors in the same tree. Mouse lives in the sunny upstairs apartment, while Mole, appropriately enough, lives in the much darker downstairs flat. In four short chapters, Mouse and Mole explore and solidify their friendship through cooperation and acceptance of their differences. They clean their apartments together, plant a garden, entertain each other at lunch and learn by trial and error how to paddle a boat. Lots of small illustrations done in pen and watercolor with colored pencil help to bring the main characters to life. Though the work is not specifically designated as an early reader, the large type size and short chapter format make this suitable for newly independent readers who are making the transition from early readers to beginning chapter books. The friendly, cooperative tone of the text is reminiscent of the Frog and Toad series, and in fact, the work is dedicated to “friends of Frog and Toad.” (Easy reader. 5-8)