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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.