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Title:
Mouse and Mole, secret valentine
Author:
Yee, Wong Herbert.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
Boston ; New York : Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, 2013.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 21 cm.
Summary:
After getting a fluttery feeling while helping Mouse make valentines for each of their friends, Mole sends her a series of notes and gifts, signing them "your secret valentine."
Language:
English
Reading Level:
Elementary Grade.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader 2.9

Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.9 0.5 162540.
ISBN:
9780547887197
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

Mole took a piece of pink paper and folded it in half.

He drew a curvy line in pencil.

"That looks like my tail," giggled Mouse.

"Don't be silly!" chuckled Mole.

He cut along the line with scissors.

Snip, snip, snip!

"Presto!" Mole unfolded the paper.

"Why, it's a heart!" Mouse exclaimed.

"You are too clever, Mole!"

Rosy-cheeked Mouse and shy Mole share their secret valentines and feel butterflies in their bellies in this seventh installment in the award-winning Mouse and Mole series. Wong Herbert Yee creates just the right combination of sweetness, humor, and heart with his words and images for this early reader audience. Readers will be smitten and swooning with this new tender and funny book in this artful and accessible series. As an added bonus, learn how to make a valentine to share in the back ofthe book!


Author Notes

Wong Herbert Yee has written many books for children, including Mouse and Mole: Fine Feathered Friends, which received the Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Award in 2010. This is his seventh book about Mouse and Mole. He lives in Michigan with his family.Visit his website at sites.google.com/site/wongherbertyee/.


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

As Valentine's Day draws near, Mouse and Mole keep quiet about the funny, butterflies-in-the-stomach feeling that each has for the other. They make Valentine cards for all their friends and deliver them together. When Mouse receives a note and gifts from her Secret Valentine, she is baffled. Who can it be? Readers will guess his identity long before she does, but that's part of the book's appeal. Charming ink-and-watercolor illustrations brighten every page. The gentle, simply written tale unfolds in four chapters, followed by two pages of instructions for making Valentine cards. A pleasant entry in the Mouse and Mole series.--Phelan, Carolyn Copyright 2010 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

In their seventh outing, Mouse and Mole are seriously in love, even if Mouse doesn't know it yet. When Mouse receives a "secret valentine," her head is so much in the clouds that she walks into a lamppost. And she's so busy trying to determine the identity of her admirer that she doesn't pay attention to the butterflies she feels whenever she's with Mole. After a romantic dinner and a rendezvous befitting a rom-com, the two animals seal their love with a dance. Yee creates a punchy story arc over the story's four chapters and charming pencil and gouache spot illustrations. This romp of an early reader acknowledges that a first crush can feel every bit as momentous as a more long-term love. Ages 6-9. (Dec.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 2-Mouse lists friends to make cards for for Valentine's Day, realizes that Mole is her best friend, and gets "a funny feeling inside-like butterflies in her stomach." As Mole takes out art supplies, he thinks, "Valentine's Day is about love" and experiences "butterflies in his stomach" and a flushed face. Mole teaches Mouse how to cut a heart shape from paper and enhance letters with glue and glitter, and Mouse writes words on the cards. While she receives anonymous valentines and wonders who sent them, she wishes that Mole would ask her to the Valentine's Day dance. She discovers an invitation that someone has placed beneath rose petals in a box of chocolates, asking her to be at the party at four. When she arrives, she discovers that Mole is her "secret valentine," and "together, they stepped out onto the dance floor." Detailed pencil and gouache illustrations set the stage and capture the action. Directions for making a valentine are included. This heartwarming, early chapter book unfolds with perfect pacing, and every word advances the plot, provides information, or delivers humor. A delightful addition.-Laura Scott, Farmington Community Library, MI (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Excerpts

Excerpts

Valentines Cards Mouse traced a heart on the frosted windowpane. "Valentine's Day is coming!" she squeaked. Just thinking about it warmed Mouse from ear to tail. "I'd better make a list of our friends," she sighed. "Mole is below, waiting to make valentines." Mouse nibbled the end of her pencil. "Let me think . . . there's Brown Rabbit, White Rabbit, and Squirrel, " she wrote. " Skunk, Porcupine, and-- Turtle, too." Mouse twirled her tail. "It seems I'm forgetting someone? Silly me!" she giggled. "I left out my best friend!" Mouse added Mole to the list. She drew a heart next to his name. Mouse got a funny feeling inside--like butterflies in her stomach. Downstairs, Mole was getting ready to make valentines. Mole rubbed his snout. "Let me see . . . We will need paper and pencils, scissors and glue." Mole laid everything out on the table. "Valentine's Day is about love, " he sighed. Mole felt his face flush. He was thinking about his neighbor upstairs, Mouse. Mole got a funny feeling inside--like butterflies in his stomach. Tap-tap-tap. A knock on the door made Mole jump. "Come in, Mouse," he said."I have been waiting." Mouse stepped into Mole's hole. "Are you feeling okay?" she asked. "You look a bit flushed." Mole's cheeks turned redder still. "I was busy fetching stuff to make valentines," he explained. "So, what's the plan?" Mouse wondered. Mole took a piece of pink paper and folded it in half. He drew a curvy line in pencil. "That looks like my tail," giggled Mouse. "Do not be silly!" chuckled Mole. He cut along the line with scissors. Snip, snip, snip! "Presto!" Mole unfolded the paper. "Why, it's a heart! " Mouse exclaimed. "You are too clever, Mole!" Mole laid the pink sheet on a red one. "Pencil the message here," he said. Mole cut out more heart shapes. Mouse thought of things to say. She nibbled the end of her pencil. On one card Mouse wrote: BE MINE. On another she put: TOO COOL! "How many do we need?" Mole asked. Mouse peeked at her list. "Six will do." "A half dozen it is!" agreed Mole. Mouse squinted at the red paper. "These pencil lines are hard to read." Mole handed Mouse a tube of glue. "Trace them over with this, Mouse. I will be right back." Mole returned with a jar of silver glitter. He sprinkled it all over the red sheet. Mole tipped the paper up and gave it a tap-tap-tap. The glitter that didn't stick to the letters slid off. Mouse clapped her paws in delight. "You are not only clever, Mole, but artistic as well!" Mole blushed a valentine red. Excerpted from Mouse and Mole, Secret Valentine by Wong Herbert Yee All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.