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The mousery
Pomerantz, Charlotte.
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Publication Information:
San Diego : Harcourt, 2000.
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1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 28 cm
When four orphan mice ask for shelter at the home of Sliver and Slice on a cold winter evening, the bad-tempered older mice finally learn to soften their hearts.
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Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.7 0.5 44381.
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Grumpy Sliver and Slice don't like visitors. They are perfectly content, alone, in their dreary Mousery . . . until four shivering mousekins appear at the door. Sliver and Slice agree to let them in from the snowy cold for just one night. But after a dose of warm fires and lullabies, will they really send the adorable mousekins away?
Award-winning author Charlotte Pomerantz has created a heartwarming story about two mice who learn that sharing makes things twice as nice.

Author Notes

KURT CYRUS is the illustrator of M. T. Anderson's Whales on Stilts, and The Clue of the Linoleum Lederhosen. He lives in Cottage Grove, Oregon.

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

Two grouchy mice named Sliver and Slice chase away neighbors and strangers alike from their "mousery" (the trunk of an abandoned car). But during a brutal winter storm they relent long enough to admit four tiny "mousekins." The mousekins immediately transform the mousery by their exuberant presence, causing Sliver and Slice to rethink their isolationist policy. Pomerantz's (Mangaboom) uneven story line switches from Sliver and Slice's viewpoint to that of the mousekins and back, and it is unclear what exactly motivates the change in the older mice: the mousekins' obvious need, their excellent behavior or the memories they evoke. With the exception of a lullaby crooned by one of the mousekins (and which Sliver and Slice remember their grandmother singing), the rhymes grow tiresome: "In the morning they woke./ It was Sliver who spoke,/ `Slice, do you think we've been wrong;/ They don't fidget or fuss,/ and they've been good to us./ I declare they do seem to belong.'" Cyrus's (Tangle Town) inventive illustrations detail the transformation of the dingy abode, plastered with crumbling old newspapers, into a cheerful, airy home with bright, comic-strip wallpaper. His depictions of the mice are imaginative, and his beautiful geometric snowflakes give the story an arresting focal point. But the rehabilitation of Sliver and Slice makes for a syrupy ending√Ąthey are more fun at the beginning. Ages 3-7. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-Two miserly mice, Sliver and Slice, live in an abandoned car. Satisfied with their dreary lifestyle, they shun friendly overtures by neighbors and strangers alike. Then one dark, stormy night, four freezing young mice beg so pitifully for shelter that even the hard-hearted hermits can't resist. The mousekins are exuberant and helpful and bring warmth and cheer to the formerly gloomy mousery. When they sing a lullaby, Sliver and Slice recognize it as one their grandmother sang to them and recall their cozy early life. Naturally, they embrace the four visitors and even welcome others to join them. The rhythmic short verse lends itself to reading aloud and the audience will join in on the oft-repeated refrain, "the mousery." The realistic illustrations are full of detail with newspaper on the walls and cherry pies made in bottle caps-one whole cherry per pie. The colors express the mood with somber gray turning to bright yellow when the mousekins arrive. Beautiful snowflakes twinkle with brittle-ice designs and one spread of the old car covered with snow and the stormy night sky raging above it shows both the beauty and the danger of the extreme weather. This enjoyable story is beautifully executed and will be successful in storytime or lap-time sharing.-Marlene Gawron, Orange County Library, Orlando, FL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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