Big Week for Little Mouse
Big Week for Little Mouse
written by Eugenie Fernandes
illustrated by Kim Fernandes
ISBN: 1-55337-665-X
Ages: 2-5

Birthdays come and birthdays go,
Some come fast and some come slow.
Birthdays are a time of fun . . .
For you, for me, for everyone.
Little Mouse can hardly wait.
For her it’s time to celebrate.

. . . and celebrate she did, but not before she finished her chores. Preparing for her birthday party was lots of work. Little Mouse had to mop and scrub and pick flowers and hang up balloons. Yes, it was a busy week for Little Mouse.

Then award winning mother/daughter, author/illustrator team, Eugenie and Kim Fernandes combine rhyming words, antonyms, and days of the week with colorful 3D illustrations, which makes Big Week for Little Mouse chock-full of skills for the creative teacher. It’s brimming with fun for young readers, too. Kiddles love word-play and this book offers such fun, which will have not only Kiddles, but parents and teachers rattling off all kinds of words. Try it . . . it’s fun.

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FROM the MOUTHS of KIDDLE CRITers: a critique group

“It was the Little Mouse’s birthday,” said Greg.

“And she had a week to get all her chores done,” said Juan.

“That little mouse was really busy,” said Katie-Erin.

Lucy nodded. “She was ALWAYS busy,” she said.

“If the mouse was that busy,” said Becky, “how could it be her birthday?”

“I would not like to have a week that busy,” said Anya shaking her head. “This book could be called, BUSY WEEK for LITTLE MOUSE,” she said with a giggle.

“I would do that many chores for my birthday, too,” said Marta, “because it is a special day for me.”

“Some of my chores are washing the dishes and setting the table,” said Lucy.

“My chores are recycling and taking out the garbage,” said Kurtis.

“Sometimes I give my mom a surprise by cleaning up,” said Sarit.

“I usually don’t do any chores,” said Greg.

“I don’t do a lot of chores, either,” said Hannah, “but Little Mouse did.”

“This story reminded me of the time I had a birthday party at my house,” said Kurtis.

“I had my party in India,” said Pritka, “where my sister and brother did all the work.”

“I would decorate my house with balloons,” said Sarit.

“Balloons, music, dance . . . we had all that,” said Pritka, “but most of all, we had fun.

“I would just like a chocolate cake for my birthday,” said Becky.

“Usually, I have an ice cream cake,” said Greg.

“Little Mouse’s cake looked delicious,” said Becky.

“I think making their own hats was cool,” said Zach. “I think it’s a good idea for a real birthday party, too.”

“If my birthday was in a week,” said Juan, “I would be so excited because I like the fact that I’m going to be one year older.” He continued. “And that was probably the same reason Little Mouse was so excited, too.”

“This is a very creative book,” said Hannah.

“The illustrations were made with clay,” said Philippe. “And they were very colorful.”

“The illustrations looked cool. They were 3D,” said Zach.

“This book rhymes, too,” said Anya.

“And, most of the rhymes were opposites,” said Zach.

“. . . so it will be easy to read,” said Hannah.

“I think a teacher would like this book in his or her class,” said Becky, “because it’s good for first readers.”


DESIGN-A-PARTY Language Arts

Parties are fun . . . all kinds of parties. Make a list of as many parties as you and the children can think of. (Valentine’s Day, Halloween, Sleep-Over, Birthday, Swing-Into-Spring, Oktoberfest, Thanksgiving, or a Just-for-Nothing Party)
Have each child decide which party they would like to help design. Then make small groups of about 3 to 4 children.

Start with the INVITATIONS.

What: (party) Just-for-Nothing Party
Who: (names) Lucy, Zach, Katie-Erin, Philippe
Where: (address) Room 333
When: (day) December 7th
Time: (time) 1:00-3:00pm

RSVP. by December 1st

Then decide on the DECORATIONS.

Streamers, Party Hats, Balloons, Noise Makers, Confetti

Next, plan the ENTERTAINMENT.

Games, Dancing, Singing, Clown, Magician

Don’t forget the FOOD.

Popcorn, Cookies, Cake, Candies, Doughnuts. Cider, Juice

Okay, now it’s time to celebrate . . . . and celebrate they will!

(Although I examined these websites and found them to be very helpful, please use them at your own discretion.)

Kids Domain – Party Games
Birthday Party Ideas for Kids – Party Themes


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