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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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Cute, but... let's maybe not teach kids to breach consent for personal gain, maybe? ( )
  wetdryvac | Mar 2, 2021 |
  lcslibrarian | Aug 13, 2020 |
Alexander is a real mouse who has befriended a toy mouse, Willy. This magical friendship serves as a reminder to young readers to embrace who they are and to always strive for what is best for themselves and the people around them. The vibrant illustrations in the book by far my favorite of Leo Lionni's illustrations and they unsurprisingly received a Caldecott Honor medal. ( )
  D.Chokr | Feb 10, 2020 |
This story is about Alexander, a little mouse, who meets a toy mouse in the house that he lives in. He envies the toy mouse and wishes he were like him. He learns of a magical lizard that could grant his wishes. When he brings the lizard what it wants to get his wish granted, he wishes something else. He wishes his toy friend to be real like him instead. He was worried about his toy friend who was put out with the trash toys because their owner got new toys on her birthday. Like many other stories, Lionni uses a lot of nature-inspired illustrations. He has different types of trees and a lot of texture in the ground. He uses many different patterns on the items. For example, he applies different patterns to toys, wallpaper, and cloths. He has a kind message. Instead of the mouse using his wish for himself, he uses it to help his friend. ( )
  dbourgeois | Sep 19, 2019 |
This story is about a mouse named Alexander and a wind up mouse named Willy. Alexander desperately wants to be like Willy so he can be loved and not hated by the family whose house he lives in. He searches for days for a magic purple pebble that a wizard will use to turn him into a wind up mouse. In the end, he realizes that the grass ins't always greener on the other side. Ultimately, he saves Willy by turning him into a real mouse, and accepts that who he is isn't half bad. ( )
  JasmineMcBride | Sep 4, 2019 |
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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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