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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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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 |
The way this story ends just makes your heart melt. This is a sweet story about friendship, and I think just an enjoyable read. This book is appropriate for preschool through second grade.
  Sarah.Lew | Apr 30, 2015 |
In my opinion, this is a wonderful book for children around the second grade. There are a few reasons why I really liked the book. A major reason was the characters. The two main characters in the book were Alexander, a live mouse, and Willy, a wind-up mouse. Though there is not much time for character development the author brought both characters to life and gave them strong personalities. As the plot developed, so did the characters. There was a clear conflict in the plot because each of the mice wanted to live the other’s life and there is tension when at the end of the story when given the opportunity to change himself into a wind-up mouse, he decides to let Willy become a real mouse. The book has a good lesson for children and forces them to think about times when they should put others before themselves. It is engaging for children because of both the plot and the illustrations that are simple, but appropriate for the story. The story gives children an insight to the common belief that the grass is always greener on the other side, but also teaches them to put others before themselves. ( )
  agates5 | Feb 10, 2015 |
I liked this book for many reasons, but it did not fulfill all of the things I wish it did. The book is based around the theme of putting yourself before others. By going to a magic animal in the garden with a purple stone, Alexander turns his friend, a wind up mouse, into a real mouse instead of turning himself into a wind up mouse. Alexander wants to be loved by the humans like the wind up mouse but decides to use his wish on his friend. The book is imaginative and the language is simple. The illustrations help the book along and describe the actions in the book well with its play with textured overlaying qualities. The plot is easy to follow and transitions well. The book describes each character in detail and has the pictures enhance the images in the readers head. ( )
  cscapp1 | Feb 9, 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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