Cheer Up, Mouse!

Written and Illustrated by Jed Henry

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This book is about Mouse, who appears to be very sad.  Animals from all over the forest decide that they will go to great lengths to cheer him up.  Bird decides to cheer him up by picking him up in the air, dipping and diving with him, while Frog splashes and paddles in the water with him.  The other animals in the story also go out of their way to try to make Mouse happy, finally eliciting a hug at the end of the story from Mouse to all his friends.

What a great story for teachers to use as a read aloud for second graders to encourage friendship and helping one another!  It would be great for character education for the classroom, as this story is full of compassion and the illustrations definitely highlight this.  Children will love the adorable pictures of the animals.  Looking at the illustrations can’t help but make you smile as you read the story.  This is sure to be an uplifting mood elevator for all who read this.

This story would also be great to use in the classroom to teach adjectives, as it talks about the animals in the story flapping, fluttering, dipping, and diving.

This book is written by Jed Henry, who is a New York Times best-selling illustrator as well, and has written and illustrated this book.  Jed has always had a passion for animals, which is the inspiration behind the book.  He lives in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in Provo, Utah.

  • Cheer Up MouseTitle:  Cheer Up, Mouse!
  • Author and illustrator:  Jed Henry
  • Publisher:  Houghton Mifflin
  • Reviewer:  Rebecca L. Wagner
  • Hardback:  29 pages
  • ISBN:  978-0-547-68107-8
  • Genre:  Fiction/Animals/Character education

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