Alexander and the Wind-up Mouse

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Pantheon, 1969 - Juvenile Fiction - 31 pages
Everyone loves Willy the wind-up mouse, while Alexander the real mouse is chased away with brooms and 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 mouse, 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.

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It's the turn this very ordinary plot takes that makes all the difference: envying Willy the wind-up mouse bemuse he's loved not chased, Alexander arranges with the magic lizard to be transformed into ... Read full review

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I know Alexander's feeling that he envyed Willy. I also think the feeling of Willy. Both of them are very good boys. They're good friends. The friendship led them to good ending. I like this book very much. Read full review

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About the author (1969)

Leo Lionni, an internationally known designer, illustrator, and graphic artist, was born in Holland and lived in Italy until he came to the United States in 1939. He was the recipient of the 1984 American Institute of Graphic Arts Gold Medal and was honored posthumously in 2007 with the Society of Illustrators' Lifetime Achievement Award. His picture books are distinguished by their enduring moral themes, graphic simplicity and brilliant use of collage, and include four Caldecott Honor Books: Inch by Inch, Frederick, Swimmy, and Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse. Hailed as "a master of the simple fable" by the Chicago Tribune, he died in 1999 at the age of 89.

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