Friday, December 12, 2008

The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary

I have developed a tradition with my children, in which at night before going to bed as an infant, I read them chapter books while nursing. I choose books that I want to read myself or ones that I enjoyed as a child and read one chapter (or more!) a night. With my son, I read such books as the first five Harry Potter books, The Boxcar Children, The Phantom Tollbooth, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and Charlotte's Web to name just a few. I have started this tradition a little later with my daughter than I did with my son, but we are enjoying it just the same. My daughter will actually stop nursing every once in a while and just look up at me and smile while I read out loud. It truly is one of my favorite moments of my day! So, I guess you could say that since I am back in this tradition, you will see quite a few young adult/teen books being reviewed here until it is time to move to picture books again! (Though, I do want to be reviewing more children's books here and plan to do so really soon!)

The Mouse and the Motorcycle, featuring Ralph S. Mouse, is one of those classic children's stories! It is such a cute, easy read with a few wonderful illustrations featured throughout. I love that two unlikely characters end up being friends, that the little guy ends up being the hero, and that simply, a mouse rides a motorcycle!! It is such a fun little read and I can't wait to eventually move on to Ralph's additional adventures sometime in the future! He is such a loveable character, flaws, claws, and all!!

1 comment:

  1. I love the idea of this tradition. It's never too early to start reading with your kids - I'm thinking of adopting this idea when I have my own!


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