This story is about Elly and Ted, who have to move to a new home, and the magical stone mouse they find there. Jenny Nimmo has also written The Snow Spider (winner of the 1986 Smarties Book Prize), Emlyn's Moon and The Chestnut Soldier....
|Title||:||The Stone Mouse|
|Number of Pages||:||583 Pages|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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The Stone Mouse Reviews
This is a story about a girl called Elly, who stays at her Aunt Marie's house with her family to look after the cats. There she meets a stone mouse, the mouse seems to be wise and have feelings. Although it seems when the mouse is doubted or afraid he may turn back into a stone and feel nothing. Elly has a horrible brother called Ted, who behaves terribly and tries to ruin the holiday. Towards the end of the book, we find out why Ted is behaving this way and the stone mouse acts as a kind of neutral meditator to help Ted communicate better with his parents. I am undecided about my opinion of this book. I think the illustrations are magnificent and redeem the book from its strange storyline. I think younger children may become confused with this book as to whether the mouse is a mouse or a stone or a magical creature or part of the children's imagination. There is not much action or drama in the book, I believe it is a very self reflective book and may make children question how they treat their own brothers or sisters. I believe this book would best be suited for a year three class. It could be used for independent reading or to describe different family situations at home, the rivalry between brothers and sisters or on topics of accepting change and how to cope with it.
“Take care of the family, Stone Mouse,” said Aunt Maria. She touched his head, very gently.“You won’t be lonely,” she told him. “The children will talk to you.”Through the open door the stone mouse caught a glimpse of the taxi that would whisk Aunt Maria away. And then he was alone.Elly sees at once that Stone Mouse is special. Her brother Ted says he’s just a dirty old pebble—but then Ted is angry with everyone and everything. And, as Stone Mouse soon discovers, that means trouble. For Jenny the trouble is bad enough, but for Stone Mouse it couldn’t be worse.Apparently this short chapter book (it’s only 62 pages in a very large typeface and with B&W illustrations scattered through it) was highly commended for the Carnegie Medal. It certainly deserves the commendation and would make a good read-aloud book that is bound to delight the adult reader as well as the children listening to it.I have had to make a stab at the date I might have finished this book. It's a long time, maybe even longer than 2010. And now I am thinking it would make a good present for certain little fellows in my life.
School reading book.