Friday, March 4, 2011

Young Fredle by Cynthia Voigt

Fredle has the misfortune of becoming ill after eating a chocolate peppermint patty and his family puts him out of the nest.  If that wasn't bad enough, the Missus finds him and puts him OUTSIDE!

Alfred A Knopf Books for Young Readers published this book in January and sent me a hardcover for review (thank you).  Louise Yates is the illustrator, and her delicate drawings really fit Fredle, a young mouse.

This a delightful story of mouse life and what they eat, how dangerous other animals are to them, and what "lifestyles" the house mouse, the barn mouse, and the basement mouse have.

Fredle has never been outside the kitchen and the kitchen walls, so being set down outside was quite a shock!  In no time at all he was searching for another shelter and just found it in time.  There are cats outside...

Ms. Voigt writes a very realistic tale.  Her mouse character has intelligence and uses it and his imagination to enjoy his time outside.

If your child has an interest in animals, they'll love this book.  Its down home charm will make them smile while they follow Fredle's adventures.  Pick up a copy now at your local bookstore.

Happy reading!

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