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Gr 1-3-Filled with onomatopoeia, repetition, and the occasional rhyme, this installment offers another tale of friendship. Mouse ventures out into the snow to play while Mole stays warm in bed. Lonely Mouse builds her own playmate, Sno-Mole, whom she drags behind her on a sled to ice skate. Mole awakes just in time to see Mouse and her new companion heading down the path and becomes jealous. He bundles up and follows the pair to the pond where he tries to show off in front of Sno-Mole, but instead clumsily topples its head. When silly Mole recognizes his unfounded jealousy, he builds a Sno-Mouse to be Sno-Mole's best friend. Part Holly Hobbie's Toot and Puddle and part Arnold Lobel's Frog and Toad, Mouse and Mole display the endearing qualities of an enduring friendship. As this circular story unravels, it turns back to where it started, with similar wording, a familiar setting, and the same actions from its characters. Young readers will likely enjoy the simple irony and straightforward plot, while the many color illustrations reinforce the action and help them in in their transition to beginning chapter books.-Lindsay Persohn, Crystal Lake Elementary, Lakeland, FL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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Yee continues his Mouse and Mole series with another winning installment, which opens on a winter morning. Once again, the best friends' opposite personalities create friction: Mouse can't wait to enjoy a day of sledding and skating, while Mole prefers to stay in bed. But after a farcical, mistaken-identity scene with a snowman, the friends come together for outdoor fun, followed by fireside tea and cookies. As in the series' previous titles, catchy rhymes, brisk dialogue, onomatopoeic sounds, and winsome ink-and-watercolor illustrations will easily draw new readers to this seasonal, episodic friendship story.--Engberg, Gillian Copyright 2010 Booklist