T’was the first week of summer and all through the house, not a creature was stirring except a mouse! He was ready for summer; He was ready to play. Off on adventures, follow him this way:
Now It Is Summer by Eileen Spinelli, Illustrated by Mary Newell DePalma
A young mouse wants to know, “Will it be autumn soon?” His mother replies, “Yes, it will be autumn soon enough, but now it is summer.” Each time mouse asks about something special in autumn, Mama Mouse points out all the wonders of the summer to enjoy while they have them: grass cuttings, peaches, ice pops, flip-flops, picnics with cousins, an ocean swim, beach balls, cold lemonade, fireflies . . . She helps mouse capture the current joys of the moments, now.
Mouse’s First Summer by Lauren Thompson, Illustrated by Buket Erdogan
Mouse and Minka explore a sunny summer day together and discover many colorful sites: red watermelon, black ants, green grass, blue sky, orange sky, yellow lemonade, white bread, brown peanut butter and purple jelly. After they eat their PB & J sandwich together, they enjoy the fireflies and fireworks . . . all in a super summer day together.
There’s a mouse about the house! by Richard Fowler
A hungry mouse (in the front cover plastic pocket) comes out at night looking for food. Each page contains a slit that he fits through, leading him to another room on the next page. He begins in the kitchen but almost bumps into the cat. After frightening the parrot, and Mr. and Mrs. B, he returns to the kitchen for the cheese he eyed earlier. But he gets a scare of his own when he opens the cheese container!
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Inviting You To Become FRIENDS with These Three Mice This Summer:
A Little Lesson Plan for School, Home, or Story Time
Feel, Relate, Imagine, Explore, Navigate, Develop, Share
F- How do you feel when summer comes? What is your favorite season and why?
R- Can you relate to the mice exploring all the wonders of summer? What do you like the most about summer? What do you like the least about summer?
I- Imagine that you get to plan a summer day of your dreams. What would you do from sun up until sun down? Where would you go? What would you eat? Who would you want to go on this adventure with you?
E- Explore mouse crafts:
N- Navigate through a mouse maze:
D- Develop your own summer story with crayons by writing or drawing with each color what you like about summer. For example, with the color blue, write or draw ocean…
S- Share a picnic with friends and enjoy some watermelon, lemonade, and other yummy treats mentioned in these books. Just make sure you cover your food or a mouse may sneak a bite!
Have a wonderful summer!
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