4 Stars Out Of 5
What would it be like to be a....?
June 25, 2011
Every 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.