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Rating: 5/5 Stars
Genre: Contemporary/Animal Stories
Release Date: 3/21/2011
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About the Book: Hildegarde is the leader of the church mice at Saint Bartholemew's. Hildegarde is responsible for all the mice in the church, making sure everyone gets fed and stays hidden. But when a few of the church parishioners start to tell of mice sightings in the church, Hildegarde fears another Great X is coming. Add to that the annual Blessing of the Animals, when animals of all shapes and sizes will be coming to St. Bartholemew's! It will take the courage of Hildegarde and her mice to protect their beloved home without getting caught.
GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: I don't know how Ms. Lowry does it! Bless This Mouse is a wonderful read that has the feel of an old fashioned classic. The story is new, but reading it feels like visiting with an old friend. This book is sure to be treasured by readers.
Perfect for a bedtime read-aloud, Bless This Mouse is a fun animal tale that is full of humor and wit. From the first chapter about Hildegarde getting upset about the bad timing of babies, I was hooked and laughing from the start. Hildegarde is a somewhat tough leader, but she's also kind and she cares deeply about her mice. She's also a very brave mouse and she and her fellow mice come up with creative ways of saving their church home.
The antics of the mice are charming and hilarious. I fell in love with the little mice and was cheering for them the whole way through. The characters Ms. Lowry creates are so vivid and you really get to know them and care for them. I would suggest it even if you shy away from animal tales-the banter between the mice and their creative solutions are just too fun.
Bless This Mouse might be geared for the younger tween set, but read it aloud to older tweens and I think they'll get a kick out of it. It's a richly layered story of courage, bravery, and friendship and the ending is just so perfect-I loved it!
Book Pairings: Pair this with Charlotte's Web by E.B. White (animals doing great things) and The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall (another contemporary with a classic feel to it), and of course, The Tale of Desperaux by Kate DiCamillo (for more mouse adventures)
Full Disclosure: Reviewed from e-galley I recieved via NetGalley