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Number of Pages: 32
Publication Date: 2011
Dimensions: 11 X 8.50 (inches)
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Karma Wilson's first poem was published at the tender age of six. The poem was ironically titled, "I Don't Wanna Write a Poem!" Growing up, she had no desire to write. But Providence had different plans, and now Karma writes poems for a living when she's not busy being a wife and raising three kids. Karma is the bestselling author of Bear Snores On and Bear Wants More, as well as If I Were a Mouse, Give Thanks to the Lord, and I Will Rejoice.Marsela Hajdinjak-Krec illustrates children's books and regularly contributes to several children's agazines. She has also created characters and scenography for animated films. Marsela received the 'Grigor Vitez' Award in 2005 for the book Water Sprite and Old Pear Tree. She lives and works in Zagreb, Croatia.
Zonderkidz does it again. This is a delightful book, both for the child who reads or hears it, and for the adult who reads it to a child. It is also a perfect book for the emerging reader. If I Were a Mouse dances poetically, is a situation recognizable to most children, and has words which pre-readers and new readers will know. New York Times bestselling author and poet Karma Wilson brings imagination, joy, and sweetness, as well as capability to her stories. Award-winning children's book illustrator and scenographer for animated films, Marsella Hajdinjak-Krec provides eye-delighting, full-page, spilling-over-with-color pictures which truly illuminate the narrative. If I Were a Mouse will be valuable in church, home, classroom and school libraries, and will make a most welcome gift. Donna Eggett, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
Christine M. Irvin4 Stars Out Of 5What would it be like to be a....?June 25, 2011Christine M. IrvinQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Every child can relate to the idea of wondering what it would be like to be something else.
If I Were a Mouse, written by Karma Wilson, starts out with a child wondering what it would be like to be a mouse. The text begins: "If I were a mouse, just as small as could be, I would make my house in a hole in a tree." Then the child imagines they might hear an owl, so they wonder what it would be like to be an owl.
The book progresses in this manner until the end when the child says, "I am a child, and God made me so. And nothing is better_.I thank the Father for making me Me!"
The illustrations by Marsela Hajdinjak-Krec are imaginative and expressive, befitting a story like this.
What I Like: Usually I don't like children's text that is written in rhyme. But, I must say, the author does an excellent job with rhyme and rhythm for the text in this book.
What I Dislike: Although, for the most part, I really like the illustrations, my only complaint is the ones of the squirrel, particularly the page with a close-up of the animal. Not only is the squirrel very red, in that particular illustration the squirrel reminds me of a devil with horns. I'm sure that's not what was intended, but that's what it looks like.
Overall Rating: Very good.
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