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A BRAND NEW DAY WITH MOUSE AND MOLE

Author: Wong Herbert Yee

Illustrator: Wong Herbert Yee

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Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company,

Material: hard cover

Summary: Two friends, Mouse and Mole, have a number of adventures together. One day, Mole wakes up and finds he has holes in all of his clothes, so Mouse takes him to the store to find some new ones. After shopping Mole and Mouse decide to go out fishing. They think they have caught a big fish but it turns out to be an old tire. In the last story, Mouse fixes Mole's clothes while Mole is out making a tire swing for Mouse to enjoy. This is an easy reader book to help transitional readers.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, learning to read, read aloud book, remedial reader, easy reader, illustrated chapter

Recommended Age: read together: 5 to 8; read yourself: 8 to 10

Interest Level: 5 to 9

Reading Level: 1.5

Age of Child: Read with a 5-year-old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: My daughter enjoyed how the two characters interacted with each other. She liked the different activities they did together. She also liked that they were helping each other without realizing the other was doing something special for them.

Adult Reader Reaction: I enjoyed the message of friendship, as well as how they each did something nice for the other without expecting anything in return. I wasn’t sure she would like the book as it was just about two animals and what they did. I was pleasantly surprised when she wanted me to keep reading to see what adventure they entered next.

Pros: New readers will enjoy this story that is similar to several other easy reader friends, including Frog and Toad.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This is nice set of stories, well worth the read. Kids who like Frog and Toad and Little Bear books will enjoy this as well.

If You Liked This Book, Try: HOUNDSLEY AND CATINA AND THE QUIET TIME   A BIRTHDAY PRESENT FOR MAMA (Step into Reading Series, a Step 2 Book)   LIZZY AND SKUNK

Educational Themes: This is a book for emergent to transitional readers (Grades 1 and 2). The stories move more smoothly than some early readers, and there is enough suspense to keep readers moving. You can explore the themes of friendship, caring, and selflessness.

Notes: Flesch Kincaid reading level 1.5

Literary Categories: Fiction - animal characters, adventure, easy reader series

Date(s) Reviewed: March 2009

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