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The field mouse and the dinosaur named Sue
Wahl, Jan.
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Publication Information:
New York : Scholastic, [2000]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 31 cm
A field mouse finds himself in the Field Museum when the roof of his former home is transported there with the rest of the bones of a dinosaur named Sue.
General Note:
"Cartwheel books."

At head of title: Scholastic Inc. and the Field Museum present."
Reading Level:
AD 200 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.8 0.5 44270.

Reading Counts RC K-2 2.1 2 Quiz: 21413 Guided reading level: J.
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A field mouse's world is turned upside down -- literally -- when the roof of his home turns out to be part of the greatest archaeological find of the century. Determined to reclaim his bone, the mouse falls into a crate and winds up in the mysterious world of the Field Museum in Chicago -- where the real adventure begins!

Author Notes

Jan Wahl was born April 1, 1933 in Columbus, Ohio, and was raised in northwest Ohio. Much of his childhood was spent on a farm, in a small town. After graduating from high school in 1950, Wahl attended Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1953. Wahl was author of a play called Paradiso! Paradiso! while he was a student at Cornell. The play was produced by the school in 1954.

Wahl enrolled in a creative writing class, and after graduating, learned that he had been awarded the honor of being a Fulbright fellow in the area of Folklore and Folk Literature. His new found scholastic status brought him to the University of Copenhagan in Denmark. After completing his graduate studies at the University of Copenhagan, Wahl worked with Danish film director Carl T. Dreyer during the making of Dreyer's prize-winning film Ordet. He worked with Dreyer from 1954 to 1955.

In 1957, Wahl returned to Denmark to take a position with the mystery writer Isak Dinesen, who was ill. Dinesen dictated her novel Last Tales and Wahl recorded it for her. After being abruptly fired by the famous Danish author, Wahl returned to America where he attended the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor to complete his Master's Degree in arts in 1958. In 1955 he was awarded the Avery Hopwood Prize in Fiction for his collected short stories. The next major milestone in his career was the 1964 publication of Pleasant Fieldmouse, by Harper & Row, illustrated by Maurice Sendak.

Wahl has published more than 100 books for children, and won various awards including the Bologna (Italy) Book Fair Young Critic's Prize in 1969, the Ohioana Book Award in 1970, the Parents Choice Award in 1987, the Redbook Award in 1987, the Christopher Medal in 1987, and the Coretta Scott King recognition in 1992.

Several of Jan's books have been set to music, and How the Children Stopped the Wars was turned into an opera and has been performed many times. A few of his stories have been animated and another is expected to be adapted as a feature film.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Ages 3^-7. Poor field mouse! He never suspects that the noises outside his cozy den are paleontologists chipping at the bone that forms the roof over his head. When the scientists dismantle his home, Mouse determines to find the bone they removed. That's how Mouse winds up in a crate that is unloaded at Chicago's Field Museum of Natural History. Doucet's slick, poster-style art follows the rodent's forays through the venerable museum. Dramatic views show the Field's impressive great hall with its dinosaurs and the city as it was millions of years ago. They also convey the mouse's distress as he meanders in search of a secure nest. It isn't until the museum's new exhibit on Sue, a Tyrannosaurus rex, opens that Mouse finds "his bone." Observed from mouse perspective, the discovery, recovery, and display of the Field Museum's real-life exhibit of the largest and most complete T. rex ever found will appeal to children as it instructs and whets appetites for an outing to a natural history museum. --Ellen Mandel

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-Field Mouse's peaceful home in South Dakota is disrupted when archaeologists take the bone that serves as his roof to Chicago's Field Museum of Natural History, where the little mouse also ends up after following a cheese sandwich into a packing crate. He gradually adjusts to his new environs and finally finds his bone again in the foot of Sue, the spectacular T. rex now on exhibit. This playful treatment of size, scale, and perspective is just one of this book's engaging features. Field Mouse himself is an endearing character, and the colossal goings-on around him never completely overshadow his own small but important quest, his search for a home. Wahl gracefully weaves facts with fiction, supplying interesting tidbits about prehistoric life. The soft colors and earth tones in the simple, realistic paintings are as straightforward as the conversational text. The human figures are occasionally a bit stiff, but overall the pictures work well. Best of all, both story and artwork keep child appeal uppermost in mind.-Lauralyn Persson, Wilmette Public Library, IL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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