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Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse (1969)

by Leo Lionni

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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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Awww mice are so cute!!!! The book did read like Narnia and less like a Children's book though.

- At first, while Alexander was friends with Willy, he felt lonely and upset at how much care the little girl gave Willy and not him. But, when the little girl was about to throw Willy away, he realized the little girl didn't care for him the same way he cared for Willy: as a friend.
- Alexander wanted what was best for Willy, not use Willy for what was best for himself. ( )
  AvANvN | Oct 19, 2023 |
Everyone loves Willy the wind-up mouse, while Alexander, the real mouse, is chased away with brooms and imperiled by 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 one, 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.
  PlumfieldCH | Sep 21, 2023 |
This story makes my heart happy. Poor Alexander, like everyone else at some point in time, looks at Willy the Wind-Up mouse and wishes to be him. I've definitely envied another person and wished my life could be like theirs -- And yet... Leo Lionni perfectly demonstrates how being yourself is always the best - and even being selfless and generous to another brings with it the best gift of joy. Heart = Happy :) Also, let's not forget the artwork. LOVE the textures and printwork. C'est bon! ( )
  Andy5185 | Jul 9, 2023 |
Cute, but... let's maybe not teach kids to breach consent for personal gain, maybe? ( )
  wetdryvac | Mar 2, 2021 |
  lcslibrarian | Aug 13, 2020 |
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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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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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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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