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Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse, Leo Lionni


Alexander is a house mouse who lives much like any other mouse, scrounging scraps and crumbs from the people. One day, he meets a wind-up mouse named Willy who belongs to the little girl of the family. They become friends and spend many hours talking together — Alexander about narrow escapes from brooms and traps, Willy about his fellow toys and his owner, Annie. Alexander becomes rather jealous of Willy, and when he hears of a magic purple pebble which will grant him a wish, sets out to find it so that he too can become a wind-up mouse.

Lionni uses beautiful textures and colors in this book. The cover features a Russian nesting doll in flowered painting, while inside illustrations show marbled swirls, fiberous wallpaper, wooden grain tables, tissue-paper leaves, newsprint, and other wonderfully rendered patterns. The mice themselves are adorable blobs of gray with felt ears and snippy tails. A classic read-aloud that teaches about friendship and unselfish decisions.

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