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Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse by Leo…

Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse (1969)

by Leo Lionni

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Another Caldecott Honor book. This one is a story of Alexander who longs to be like Willy. Willy is a toy wind-up mouse loved by his owner. Alexander, on the other hand, lives in a house where people scream when they notice him He is not loved, and the broom that is trying to capture him has a large person on the other end intent on causing harm.

When Willy told Alexander that there is a rumor of a magic multi-colored lizard who can grant wishes, Alexander visited the lizard in the hope of becoming a wind-up toy. Changing his mind when he found Willy in the used toy box ready to be discarded, instead, Alexander asked that Willy become a real-live mouse.And, the two danced until dawn. ( )
  Whisper1 | Feb 13, 2016 |
This book is so great for children to learn what it is to be a good person/friend. Alexander wants to be a wind up mouse so people aren't scared of him, and he could be just like his friend Willie. He learns that a lizard can make him into a wind up mouse, but at the last minute Alexander uses his wish to turn his friend into a real mouse to save him from the "throw out" box. It's very sweet. ( )
  stuhldryer | Oct 25, 2015 |
35 months - cute. ( )
  maddiemoof | Oct 20, 2015 |
Alexander was a real mouse living in someone's house. Every time he was seen, he was chased out or screamed at. He was not wanted at all. One day, he found a wind-up mouse. Alexander asked the wind-up mouse why the family liked him. Once Alexander realized he needed to be a wind-up mouse to be accepted by the family, he went to go make a wish to actually turn into a wind-up mouse. Then, Alexander found out that the wind-up mouse was being thrown out because he wasn't wanted anymore. Alexander was upset that their friendship would end because of wind-up mouse having to leave. Therefore, Alexander sacrificed his wish and asked that wind-up mouse become a real mouse like Alexander so that they can still be friends.

I loved the story line and the plot of the story. It shows that two different people can still be friends and that when something bad is about to happen you make sacrifices for the ones you love. It shows a different perspective and story line for a very common theme. It is creative and a little funny!

Another thing that I loved was the creativity. For example, Alexander had to go to a magical lizard who could make his wish come true. The wish could only be granted if he brought the lizard a purple pebble though. It is very different and is part of the reason that the story is funny.

Although the actual story cannot occur in real life, it portrays a realistic theme and message making it something that students can relate to. ( )
  SamanthaThon | Sep 20, 2015 |
I had mixed feelings about this book. I liked the main message of the book as a whole which was it is important for young children to be selfless sometimes, and help each other out. Alexander wants to become a wind-up mouse himself so that he will be loved by humans, but when he sees his friend in trouble, Alexander sacrifices his opportunity to save his friend. It was really sweet! Although I loved the main message of the book, the book itself was not very engaging throughout, and the illustrations, in my opinion, were very dull. The illustrations just kind of blended together and did not enhance the text. While that is true, the characters were easy to relate to. I think most people have experienced similar feelings in their lives, so it was nice to have a book address that concept. Not sure I would recommend this book, but if I did, it would be for its message. ( )
  CRoss13 | Apr 30, 2015 |
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"Help! Help! A mouse!" There was a scream. Then a crash.
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Amazon has mistakenly listed ISBN 0395459885 as Sylvester and the Magic Pebble.
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This classic 'grass is always greener' story in which a live mouse is envious of his mechanical counterpart. Ages 4-8
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Everyone loves Willy the wind-up mouse, while Alexander the real mouse is chased away with brooms and mousetraps. Wouldn't it be wonderful to be loved and cuddled, thinks Alexander, and he wishes he could be a wind-up mouse too. In this gentle fable about a real mouse and a mechanical mouse, Leo Lionni explores the magic of friendship.

Originally published in 1969, the Caldecott Honor-winning Alexander and the Wind-up Mouse is sure to enchant a whole new generation of readers.

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Alexander, a real mouse, wants to be a toy mouse like his friend Willy until he discovers Willy is to be thrown away.

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