Friday, June 24, 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: I really like all of the illustrations, except for the ones of the squirrel. There is one in particular that I dislike. It's 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.
Age Appeal: 4-7.
Publisher Info: Zonderkidz, 2011; ISBN: 9780310716037; Hardcover, $15.99
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Special Info: Visit the author’s website.