The Mouse Who Carried a House on His Back

The Mouse Who Carried a House on His Back
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August 30, 2022
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Celebrated artist Isabelle Arsenault joins forces with author Jonathan Stutzman for an enchanting tale about the expansive power of generosity.

Vincent was a mouse with boots on his feet, a hat on his head, and a house on his back.

When an ordinary spot on a grassy hill calls out to him, Vincent puts down the house he carries on his back and knows he’s where he needs to be. As hungry and tired travelers pass by, Vincent welcomes them into his home, making room for everyone. And even when it seems that the house is as full as it possibly can be, there is no woodland animal so big or so scary—not a ravenous cat, nor a fox, nor a whole herd of deer—that Vincent would turn it away from his warm, magical home on the hill. Jonathan Stutzman’s charming voice is enhanced by the elegant, inventive die-cut art of three-time Governor General’s Award winner Isabelle Arsenault in this classic tale of a generous little mouse with a special house and an ever-expanding heart.

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Once there was a mouse who carried a house on his back. He always knows where he needs to be each time he stops for the night. Sure enough, the next place he unloads holds lots of animals in need of shelter. Each time the house doesn't seem like it's going to be big enough, the mouse surprises them and he doesn't turn a single one away. Even treats them to dinner which is a kindness most don't possess. How many animals will he shelter by the end of the night?

THE MOUSE WHO CARRIED A HOUSE ON HIS BACK is an engaging story that also teaches about kindness and the importance of helping everyone. To not discriminate based on size or out of fear. In each illustration, there's a cutout in the shape of a house. Sometimes it'll show the face of different animals. Other times there's a solid color. Either way, my daughter was excited to see what would be in the house each time we turned the page.

Final Verdict: Overall, this was a cute read that's perfect for fans of animals with a dash of humor and a heap of kindness.
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