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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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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 |
This story is about a mouse named Alexander who was hated by a family and one day he found another mouse named Willy who was a wind up mouse. Although Alex was jealous of Willy,in the end they end up becoming friends unit.
Age:7-10 ( )
  ying-sun | Dec 3, 2013 |
In this book, Alexander hates living in fear and being disliked by the family in the house and is jealous of how the wind-up mouse toy is loved. He works hard to get a wish granted by a magical lizard, but ends up changing his mind at the last second and wishes for the wind-up mouse to turn into a real mouse to save his life.

This is a beautiful book! The illustrations use perspective and scale perfectly to make the reader see and feel the mouse's perspective. The reader sees the towering humans and their giant brooms and things and feels how little and scared the mouse must be. The story teaches a great lesson about sacrificing for a friend and about how you can be jealous of someone else without really understanding that their life might not be perfect either. ( )
  BrittaSorensen | Nov 11, 2013 |
We've been going through Leo Lionni's fables, one by one, and this is one of the best ones. Just like [b:Sylvester and the Magic Pebble|457762|Sylvester and the Magic Pebble|William Steig|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1328018633s/457762.jpg|446280], this story is a good reminder to be careful what you wish for. It should also teach you not to envy others, because they may not have it any better than you at the end of the day. Thankfully, our hero Alexander has a last minute change of heart and makes a good choice. The illustrations are wonderful, but the version we are reading is lacking some critical pictures though. ( )
  Fjola | Oct 16, 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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