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Hermelin: The Detective Mouse

by Mini Grey

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Interesting use of various type settings. Graphic, mixed media presentation is engaging. A story about helping others and acceptance. Even if you are small, you can make a difference, but we all need friends. ( )
  SaritaInce | Jan 25, 2015 |
Hermelin the Detective Mouse is a charming tale of the underdog-or mouse-. Hermelin is born in the attic and soon finds himself to be very good at locating lost things. As he helps the people of Offley Street they are grateful for the mysterious Hermelin. That is until they throw him a party and see a mouse walk in the room. Hermelin realizes no one wants a mouse around and plans to leave until Emily accepts his detective house and welcomes his company. This book personally had me cracking up laughing at Hermelin's story and self realization. For children this book sets a moral tone of acceptance, identity, and self value. In the beginning the townspeople are thankful for Hermelin and his good deeds, but are disgusted at the sight of the mouse (who is really Hermelin). The saying, "don't judge a book by it's cover" comes into play here. Children realize, because of the point of view, that Hermelin is sweet and caring and his appearance doesn't devalue him any. Identity and self value are something that young children are continually developing. Hermelin finds value in himself through his detective work and loves what he does, but when his identity of being a mouse comes into play he questions who he really is. For children Hermilin's value of himself at the beginning of the book is what they should read and apply to their own lives. Then, at the end when Emiy accepts Hermelin for everything he is children can also realize and apply that each peer they meet is special and valuable for who they are. ( )
  crieder95 | Jan 19, 2015 |
Hermelin, the Detective Mouse solves mysteries in the neighborhood.
  b_Campbell | Jan 19, 2015 |
I love the messages in this book, that it's good to celebrate differences and that everyone should be loved and appreciated. A wonderful book for kids. ( )
  Andymcclellan_93 | Dec 4, 2014 |
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A mouse with typewriting skills secretly helps the people of Offley Street find lost items, and eventually saves the day.

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