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Title:
Inside mouse, outside mouse
Author:
George, Lindsay Barrett.
Personal Author:
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
[New York] : Greenwillow Books, [2004]

©2004
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 30 cm
Summary:
Two mice, one who sleeps inside the house in a clock and one who sleeps outside the house in a stump, follow complicated but strangely parallel paths and meet each other at a window.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
Presch up.
Program Information:
Reading Counts RC K-2 1.4 1 Quiz: 38466 Guided reading level: H.
ISBN:
9780060004668

9780060004675
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Summary

Summary

Once there was
an inside mouse and
an outside mouse.
One day they both
went on a trip. They
traveled up, down,
across, around,
through, between,
behind, over, and under,
until they finally met
in the middle.
Hello!

Are they old friends?
Or new friends?
Did they just meet
today?
Or do they visit
every day?
And what do you think
might happen next
to the inside mouse
and the outside mouse?


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

PreS. George's tale of two mice introduces one who sleeps in the clock and runs between socks in a drawer. His outside counterpart lives in a tree stump and races between rocks. The oversize volume is devoted to pointing out the differences in the way the mice live, what they eat, where they hide, and who their enemies are. But this is not a country mouse/city mouse story. Yes, the mice are adorable, but they aren't humanized-- at least in the story itself (they do, however, touch paws on the cover, and one plays a trumpet on the endpapers). Facing pages depict how their existences differ due to where each one lives. This display of difference, though informative, would have become boring, were it not for George's precisely rendered paintings. The mice frolic against jewel-toned backgrounds so exquisitely detailed that children can spot a tiny bug on a leaf in the background and individual hairs on a cat's coat. Unusual perspectives also add visual interest. --Ilene Cooper Copyright 2004 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

George (Around the World: Who's Been Here?) employs her always impressive talent for detail to marvelous effect in this story of two mice whose lives run on parallel tracks-one inside a house, the other outside-until they meet at a window. The unseen narrator, a resident of the house, chronicles the rodents' transit. George has great fun showing how the almost identical descriptions that appear opposite one another on the spreads can yield very different visual results. The gray-brown inside-mouse runs "below the spider"-a drab brown insect knitting a cobweb bridging two corners-"and over the ball," which is festooned with stars. The golden-brown outside-mouse runs "below the spider"-a startling yellow-and-red creature looming from a pink wildflower-"and over the stone" that's also impressively decorated, albeit by the forces of erosion. In one cheeky spread, the inside mouse runs behind a book on birds, while the outside mouse runs behind a handsomely feathered example of the real thing. On every page, George couples her eye for particulars (the warp and woof of animals' coats, the mosaic of objects that make up the vistas of natural and domestic life) with brilliant colors and a masterful sense of light. Readers will delight in the mice's curiosity and determination, savor the richness of their respective worlds, and eagerly speculate on whether their hard-won meeting is a first or regular occurrence. Ages 3-up. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 3-A narrator introduces readers to two mice: "Inside my house there is a mouse,/Outside my house there is a mouse." The inside mouse sleeps in an old-fashioned clock, while the outside mouse snuggles in a tree stump. Line by line, with side-by-side, full-page illustrations, the story unfolds, tracing each mouse's journey from its home to the window of the house, where the two meet face to face, one looking out and one looking in, and say "Hello." Gouache paintings in breathtaking colors create zoom-lens views of each of the not-so-different worlds of these two creatures. The pictures are packed with interesting details just waiting to be explored. The simple text, presented in a large typeface at the bottom of the pages, compares and contrasts the animals' environments and lifestyles. The overall effect is mesmerizing, and the intriguing parallels will capture readers' imaginations. This creative book makes a great choice for sharing aloud and for independent reading. It's also an excellent tool for teaching the concept of compare/contrast.-Wanda Meyers-Hines, Ridgecrest Elementary School, Huntsville, AL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.