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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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A 70's book that wears its age well.

A take on the Velveteen rabbit idea

Alexander wants to be a wind up mouse like his friend Willy, in order to be loved. A magical lizard promises to make this happen through an incantation involving a purple stone, but then, through a plot twist that young children can likely grasp, Willy goes missing. Alexander solves the problem, by turning Willy into a real mouse.

Demonstrates problem solving via more than one solution.
My daughter loves it, and I'm curious to see how other kids will respond. ( )
  Desirichter | Jul 3, 2014 |
Sweet book about friendship and kindness. It would be good for early characterization, setting, and has a surprising but gently predictable ending.
  ekbrumley | Apr 29, 2014 |
I really enjoyed this book. I like the art work in it. It is so unique. I also like how each one of his stories there is a lesson to be learned in the end. ( )
  SamanthaMulkey | Apr 24, 2014 |
Making friends can be challenging but worthwhile. What may appear wonderful may actually be just a facade. Alexander discovers that sometimes it is a blessing that some wishes do not come true. This book could be a mentor text for condensing a storyline by using clear, concise, descriptive words to paint the events the main character encounter. ( )
  bschaffer | Feb 7, 2014 |
A warm story about two mice; one, Alexander - a regular, despised by most humans mouse, and the other a wind up mouse. Alexander was very unhappy with his life and by all means wanted to be exactly like his toy friend, so he found the way to turn himself into a toy. But, to his surprise, he finds his friend in the garbage, And he uses his magic wish to turn his miserable friend into a real mouse. ( )
  nataliaanishchenko | Dec 3, 2013 |
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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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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0394829115, Paperback)

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.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:49:35 -0400)

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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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