by Arnold Lobel
Reading Level 2.5
|Setting:||A little mouse house in the woods|
|Characters:||Papa Mouse and seven little mice|
|Plot:||The seven mice children all want a story before bedtime, so Papa Mouse says he will tell a story for each of them.|
|Summary:||Each of the seven chapters in the book is a story that Papa Mouse tells. The seven little mice want a story before bedtime, so Papa Mouse decides to tell them one story for each mouse. The seven chapters in the book are each one of the stories he tells the little mice. The first chapter, [The Wishing Well,] is about a well that is hurt when a little girl throws coins in it. [Clouds] is about a little mouse and his mother picking out shapes in the clouds. The [Very Tall Mouse and Very Small Mouse] see things very differently. Together [The Mouse and the Wind] create several problems that turn out to have a nice ending. [The Journey] is about a mouse trying to visit his mother who uses many interesting ways to get to her house. In the last chapter, [The Old Mouse,] a mouse learns a good lesson about children.|
|Curriculum Connections:||This book lends itself well to a storytelling unit. The stories are short and repetitive, so they are easy to learn. Each child may choose a different story or even make up one. The entire book could also be used as a play. Scripting it would not be difficult. Videotape the students telling the stories and/or acting out the play. Another idea is to use a paper pattern of a mouse with a long tail on which the students may write [mouse tales.] Make a bulletin board with the title [Mouse Tales for Mouse Tails.] Discuss homophones.|
Ask students the following questions:
Does anyone have a pet mouse? How do you care for it?
Has anyone ever thrown a coin and wished in a wishing well or fountain? Where do you
suppose this custom began?
How many of you have ever sat and watched clouds and tried to find shapes?
One of the stories is about a journey. How many different ways might a person travel?
Ask the students to do the following exercise: One of the stories in the book is about the wind. Imagine you are on a sailboat. What do you see? What do you feel? What do you smell?
Use the book's table of contents to preview the chapters in the book and motivate the students to read. Point out the page numbers and demonstrate to the children how to turn to a specific chapter.