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Mr. Murry and Thumbkin by Karma Wilson
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Mr. Murry and Thumbkin

by Karma Wilson

Other authors: Ard Hoyt (Illustrator)

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Murine worrywart Mr. Murray, and happy-go-lucky free spirit Thumbkin, find themselves next-door-neighbors in this endearing picture-book, one living in a tidy teapot, the other in a large (and slowly decaying) pumpkin. As Mr. Murray worries about what Thumbkin will do, when his house falls apart around him, his neighbor sits back and relaxes, or, in a rare moment of industry, makes pumpkin cake out of a piece of his own home. When the inevitable finally happens, Mr. Murray has a solution - one that will benefit both mice...

Karma Wilson's tale, told in rhyming verse, is a contemporary take on the classic Aesopic fable of The Ant and the Grasshopper, with a much less grim outcome for the "grasshopper," and would make an admirable story-hour selection. The colored pencil illustrations by Ard Hoyt - whose other picture-book credits include John Lithgow's I'm a Manatee and Laurie Halse Anderson's The Hair of Zoe Fleefenbacher Goes to School - capture the fun of the story, and the very different personalities of its two stars. I don't know that I felt as strongly about Mr. Murray and Thumbkin as the friend who recommended it to me, but I definitely found it a winsome little title, perfect for fall reading! ( )
  AbigailAdams26 | Apr 9, 2013 |
Obsessive/Type A mouse meets Super relaxed/Live by the moment mouse. Despite their differences a friendship develops, Couldn't get the "odd couple" tune out of my head while reading this... ( )
  MrsBond | Sep 18, 2008 |
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DESCRIPTION: While fastidious Mr. Murry mouse scurries around preparing his home for winter, his easygoing new neighbor Thumbkin mouse enjoys lazing around in the sun and munching on fat pumpkin seeds. Oh how this makes Mr. Murry worry! Ultimately, he opens up his heart and home to lazy Thumbkin and saves him from the chill and loneliness of winter. This delightful rhyming story about a modern day ìOdd Coupleî is sure to warm the hearts of the worrisome and carefree alike.

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While Mr. Murry Mouse worries too much, his neighbor Thumbkin is carefree, but with friendship their attitudes meet in the middle.

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