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Tillie and the Wall by Leo Lionni

Tillie and the Wall

by Leo Lionni

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This is a simple story about the importance of friendship and the value of determination. Teamwork is on display with Tillie the mouse and her friends. Determination is portrayed even while failing and being disappointed. Tillie doesn't quit! The final results are worthwhile to Tillie. ( )
  bschaffer | Feb 20, 2014 |
A mouse (Tillie) wonders what is on the other side of the great wall and decides to find out, after digging under it she realizes that on the other side are mice just like her.
  alv003 | Dec 12, 2010 |
This is a sweet story (most of Lionni's stories are sweet, aren't they?) about a mouse and... well, yes, a wall : )

She works hard to get over the wall, or around the wall, or through the wall... until finally she realizes she can go UNDER it, and she's hailed as a hero for ever.

I don't know why Lionni's stories are so good, there's not much too them, but they... they last. ( )
  conuly | Jul 12, 2010 |
This story is about a field of mice who never talk about, or wonder about the wall they live by. Tillie the young mouse would stare at the wall and wonder about the other side. Her friends and herself tryed to climb the wall, drill a peep hole with a rusty nail, and they tried to walk to the end of the wall. Then one day Tillie saw a worm diging in the ground and thats when it hit her, if she wanted to get to the other side she was going to have to dig her way. Once she reached the other side she saw that there were mice just like her. They threw her a party and then followed her back to her side. When they arrived they threw another party chanting Tillie's name.

I really enjoyed this story. It had me trying to come up with ways for Tillie to get to the other side of the wall and I also was trying to imagine what was on the other side.

This would be a good short story to read aloud. You can have the student guess what was on the other side or even have them come up with ways to get over the wall. ( )
  RobertaRogers | Feb 15, 2009 |
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All her life Tillie the mouse has wondered what lies on the other side of the wall. Imagining all sorts of fantastic possibilities, she digs a tunnel to get to the other side, where she discovers . . . other mice, just like her! Together, Tillie and her friends work to bring down the wall and unite mouse-kind. Written just before the fall of the Berlin wall, this seemingly simple fable has a powerful message for all children—and all people.

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Unlike the other mice, who are incurious about the wall that has always been part of their world, Tillie is determined to find out what lies on the other side of the wall.

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