A city mouse and a country mouse fall in love, marry, and move into a rundown abandoned dollhouse that they work to improve until, on Christmas morning, they and their seven new babies share the holiday in a beautiful home
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PreSchool-Grade 2 After an elaborate wedding, newlywed mice George and Matilda (called Emily in previous volumes), set off to find their own home in town. In a city garden they literally stumble across an abandoned doll house which comes complete with a working fireplace and the type of fancy doll-sized furnishings most mice newlyweds would only dream of, and they start to raise a family of their own. As in earlier books about these characters ( Emily Mouse's Beach House, Emily Mouse's Garden, George Mouse's Covered Wagon, George Mouse's Riverboat Band all Dial, 1987), the fantasy world depicted in the detailed full-color illustrations is saccharine and squeaky clean. Sweetly dressed, dewy-eyed mice look purposefully posed in illustration after illustration. Unfortunately, the stringing together of endearing details does not a story make. George's sighting of a cat in the distance while he's on one of his bland ventures through the garden provides the only hint of conflict. There is little in either text or illustration to distinguish one mouse character from another. Readers who might enjoy the imaginative visual details of a miniature fantasy world will be disappointed with the inconsistencies here. For example, Buchanan has gone to great pains to show a mouse-sized wagon built out of spools, sticks, and a matchbox, while mouse-sized accessories such as top hats and toothbrushes appear gratuitously throughout the story. If the personal saga of George and Matilda is to continue to subsequent volumes, we can only hope for a more active role on the part of the cat. Kathleen T. Horning, Madison Public Library, Wis.
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Descrizione libro Simon and Schuster, 1988. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Never used!. Codice libro della libreria P110416604900