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Book Title: Once a Mouse: A Fable Cut in Wood from Ancient India|
The author of the book: Marcia Brown
Date of issue: September 30th 1989
ISBN 13: 9780881032192
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 6.62 MB
Edition: Rebound by Sagebrush
Read full description of the books Once a Mouse: A Fable Cut in Wood from Ancient India:Although I generally appreciate and enjoy both the narrative and the illustrations of Once a Mouse (the message of pride coming before a fall, and the concept that ungratefulness will often have not so nice consequences), I do find especially the visual depictions of the hermit rather creepy (especially his face). This is probably very much a personal preference, but every time I look at the hermit, I get shivers down my back (and I don't get those same shivers when I look at the illustrations of the supposedly ferocious tiger). And like with all of Marcia Brown's folklore adaptations I have perused to date, I really do miss the inclusion of a supplemental author's note (even more so in the case of Once a Mouse, I guess, simply because while with her adaptations of European folklore, the origins of the tales are often at least partially known to me, with Once a Mouse, I am quite literally in the dark, which is both frustrating and rather disappointing). Still, highly recommended, and surprisingly fresh even for today (a perfect book to read aloud for library story time, although sensitive children might be frightened by the tiger or perhaps like me, find the depiction of the hermit's face somewhat uncanny).
Read information about the authorMarcia Brown has won the Caldecott Medal three times, the only person to do so until David Wiesner in 2007. She is also the winner of the 1977 Regina Medal, a six-time recipent of the Caldecott Honor, and the winner of the 1992 Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal for her lifetime body of work in children's literature.
Brown continued to paint in her studio in California, focusing on Chinese art instead of children's literature until her death in 2015.
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