Cover image for Once a mouse... : a fable cut in wood
Title:
Once a mouse... : a fable cut in wood
Author:
Brown, Marcia.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, [1961]

©1961
Physical Description:
32 unnumbered pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
General Note:
At head of title: From ancient India.

Originally published by C. Scribner's.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
AD 530 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.2 0.5 29236.

Reading Counts RC K-2 3.4 1 Quiz: 08634 Guided reading level: K.
Genre:
ISBN:
9780684126623
Format :
Book

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Summary

"No one shall tell me that I was once a mouse!" roars the tiger. But an old hermit, mighty at magic, does tell him; for it was he who first changed the tiger from a wretched little mouse to a stout cat, to a big dog, and finally, to his proud and royal self. Youngest readers will take special delight in seeing these changes take place in Marcia Brown's dramatic picturing of the tiger's fall from grace. Older boys and girls will read more meaning into the text.
A rajah of ancient India is said to have had such popular animal fables collected as a "mirror for princes" to instruct his errant sons. Marcia Brown retells this fable from the Hitopadesa in vigorous style and illustrates it in woodcuts of exceptional quality. With a fluidity rare in the medium, they achieve the difficult feat of retaining their strong appeal for children while captivating art lovers of all ages.


Author Notes

Marcia Joan Brown, 1918 - 2015 Marcia Joan Brown was born in Rochester, New York on July 13, 1918. She graduated from New York State College for Teachers (the University at Albany's predecessor). She taught at Cornwall High School in New York City, where she began her writing career with the publication of The Little Carousel in 1946. She authored and illustrated more than 30 children's books. She won the Caldecott Medal three times for Cinderella, Once a Mouse, and Shadow.

Brown died on April 28 at her home in Laguna Hills, California, following complications of congestive heart failure. She was 96.

(Bowker Author Biography)