Love, Mouserella

  • Title: Love, Mouserella
  • Author: David Ezra Stein
  • Illustrator: David Ezra Stein
  • Publisher: Nancy Paulsen Books, a division of Penguin Young Readers
  • Publication year: 2011
  • Brief Summary: From Amazon-“Mouserella misses her grandmouse, so she writes her a letter. At first she can’t think of anything to say, but once she starts, the news begins to flow – she found a cat whisker at the zoo, she taught her ladybug to fetch, she made shadow puppets with Dadmouse during a blackout – and just like that, the events of the past few days come to vivid life in her letter, as does her love for Grandmouse.”
  • Ideas for using this book in classroom or library – I found this idea on a blog dedicated to David Ezra Stein that suggests using this book to help children discover letter writing and pen pals, and gives an activity of writing a letter. I know this can be argued on both sides, is this still a useful skill in this digital world or not? I say knowing how to write a letter, and address an envelope are still useful skills that children should know.
  • Whatever additional notes you’d like to add about this book and why you liked or didn’t like it – I did like that this book was in a landscape orientation to make it feel more like a letter. I also appreciated that the text was done as in a child’s hand.

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