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Mice Skating is the first book in the Mice Skating series. Written by Annie Silvestro, author of Bunny’s Book Club, the book revolves around a field mouse named Lucy who loves the snow. Her dilemma: she loves to ice skate, but her cheese-frenzied compadres… do not.
Lucy loves to ice skate, and she doesn’t want her friends to miss out on all the fun (because ice skating is pretty awesome). While Lucy has fun in the snow, her friends are inside keeping warm and eating cheese. One day, Lucy figures out how to ice skate, and so she begins plotting how she will get her brie-loving buddies to join her on the ice. She keeps her friends in suspense while she personally makes them ice skates and warm hats to wear on the ice. Eventually all four mice make it outside onto the ice, and the three warm mice fall in love with ice skating.
Of the three friends, Marcello has some very “cheese-y” jokes that your kids will love (if they know their cheeses).
I’m neither an artist nor and illustrator, so, since I can’t comment much about the illustrations, I’ve uploaded two pictures below. There are no bright neon colors (thankfully), and everything is easy on the eyes. The illustrations are, honestly, cute and cozy.
What’s the lesson? Maybe that it’s better to do things together. Lucy well enjoyed ice skating alone, but she knew it would be so much better with friends. It was not enough that her fluffy wool hat made her “brave,” “bold,” and “bloom.” She wanted companionship out on the ice. Though sometimes it takes a bit of work for our friends to see our point of view (like that being outside can be fun), friendship is important, and it makes everything better. (Honestly, I’m usually the one who needs to be convinced to go outside.) It’s a cute read that you should consider picking up for your child and reading around the fireplace, even if that “fireplace” has to be on your computer screen.
- Series: Mice Skating (Book 1)
- Author: Annie Silvestro (@anniesilvestro)
- Illustrator: Teagan White
- Hardcover: 32 pages
- Age Range: 3 and up
- Publisher: Sterling Children’s Books (October 3, 2017)
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