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The Greentail Mouse

by Leo Lionni

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This is the story of mice who are told about Fat Tuesday and use their imagination to create their own Fat Tuesday. ( )
  rwalsh06 | Oct 8, 2013 |
The Greentail Mouse is the story about some field mice living in a wood. One day a city mouse comes by and tells them about Mardi Gras. The field mice decide to celebrate Mardi Gras too. They have a lot of fun until they suddenly forgot that they were field mice and got afraid of each other because of the frightening masks. They decide to make a big fire and burn all the masks. This book could be used to help children to distinguish between what is real and what isn't, and it also could be used to teach about cultural events such as Mardi Gras. ( )
  rgraf1 | Apr 24, 2013 |
This is a really cute story about some mice who decide to have their own Mardi Gras, but get a little too carried away with their celebration. I really like to think that this book is trying to say be yourself. The mice wore masks that ended up making them scared and suspicious of the others who were not themselves. This is the idea I would like to use this book with to future students. I also think this would be a fun book to read around Mardi Gras in my future class room whether my students also get to enjoy it, or they just get to enjoy learning about it from my experiences. ( )
  LauraMcQueen | Jan 29, 2013 |
A group of mice decide to celebrate Fat Tuesday for the first time. In the midst of the fun, they forget who they are as they get lost in the new persona that their masks created. Things become out of control, until one day a little mouse reminds them of who they really are, and they were once again set in the right track. This story not only teaches the importance of being who you are, but also a small look into the unique culture of Mardi Gras. ( )
  BarrettOlivia | Sep 27, 2012 |
This story is about mice acting out a holiday that they just recently learned about. While they put on their masks, they start to lose their identity and scare themselves. This book is good to talk about different holidays that people celebrate. The use of masks.
  SarahLinfield | Mar 12, 2012 |
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The late Caldecott Honor artist Leo Lionni is well loved for his sweet, colorful paintings and thoughtful stories that always illuminate a sliver of human nature: the story of Frederick, the field mouse whose storytelling helps his family through winter; the little fish Swimmy who outsmarts a bully; the story of a minnow and a tadpole who form an unlikely alliance. The Greentail Mouse, originally published in 1973 and out of print for many years, is one of Lionni’s quirkier fables about a city mouse who visits a community of country mice and regales them with colorful tales of Mardi Gras, the one festive day in the city that is not "sad and dangerous." The mice become very excited, and decide to put on their own Fat Tuesday party, collecting natural materials like straw and lichen to create masks of ferocious animals with "glittering teeth and fierce eyes." Most wear wigs and hats, and the Greentail Mouse of the title is so named because she paints her tail green. As the celebration gains momentum, the mice forget themselves, and really begin to believe they are ferocious animals: "Everyone was afraid of everyone else, and as the days went by, the once peaceful community became a place full of hate and suspicion." Fortunately, a maskless mouse reminds them that they are in fact harmless, peaceful mice and restores order and happiness to the group. Rich, colorful, two-page spreads of Frederick-style mice distinguish Lionni’s vivid walk on the wild side. (Ages 4 to 8) --Karin Snelson

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The field mice become so involved in their Mardi Gras masquerade they forget it is all in fun.

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