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Volume VII Number 9 . . . . January 5, 2001
Once upon a time there was a little mouse who was so tired that her mommy took her to her room to have a nap. But the little mouse didn't want to have a nap, so she began to cry.Reluctant nappers, beware! Eugenie Fernandes knows how to lull to sleep with a smile on your face. All children have a time in their early lives when they don't want to stop learning, discovering and playing. They're sure they'll miss out on something important if they give in to fatigue and take a nap. (One of my children was sure we played with all his toys and chewed gum while he slept.) Tapping into these desires and the responsibilities of the mother, Fernandes has created a gentle, humorous story that is just perfect for reading at naptime.
Having originally written the story for her own children, Fernandes uses mice as the characters. The baby mouse (whose toy is a cat) cries so much when she is left alone that her room fills up with tears and her bed is washed out to sea. There, she romps with seahorses, crabs, puffins and starfish until she falls to sleep. Her brave mother sails out to sea to bring her back to the safety of her room.
Kim Fernandes has done a masterful job once again with her three dimensional Fimo illustrations: the mouse house is a teapot; the picture on the wall is a used stamp; the bed is a track shoe. The characters are appealing, and the colours are vivid. The water looks as if it is really flowing as the little mouse goes on her dream adventure.
Toddlers and their parents will love this book as will children who are busy practicing reading and putting their own "babies" down for naps.
Harriet Zaidman is a teacher-librarian in Winnipeg, MB.
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