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The Resource The tall man and the small mouse, Mara Bergman ; illustrated by Birgitta Sif

The tall man and the small mouse, Mara Bergman ; illustrated by Birgitta Sif

Label
The tall man and the small mouse
Title
The tall man and the small mouse
Statement of responsibility
Mara Bergman ; illustrated by Birgitta Sif
Creator
Contributor
Author
Illustrator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"On a tall hill, in a tall house, live a tall man and a small mouse. All day the man does tall things, like untangling swings and rescuing cats from trees. All night the mouse does small things, like finding pins and pens, corks and long-lost forks. The two never see each other until the day the mouse takes a snooze in the man's long shoes ... SQUEAK! EEK! Can this duo get along -- and maybe even become the perfect mix? A rhythmic, rhyming narration pairs with charming illustrations to celebrate the tall and short of an unlikely friendship -- and the surprising benefits of working together."--
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Character
Illustration
Review
  • Preschool-Grade 2 /* Starred Review */ “On a tall hill / in a tall house / lived a tall man / and a small mouse.” They have never met. The mouse excels at finding lost pins, coins, and rings, while the tall man finds work suitable for a man of his stature: picking apples, fixing swing sets, and rescuing kites from trees. But one job baffles him: he can’t fix the town clock because he can’t see inside it. One morning, he meets the small mouse. Fascinated by the lost objects she has found, the tall man takes his clever housemate to the town clock. She slips inside, looks about, and fixes the problem. As the story ends, the two have become good friends. Bergman, who writes poetry as well as picture books, creates a rhythmic, rhyming text that reads aloud beautifully, with satisfying lines such as “In the town’s great square / was the town’s big clock, / which would not tick / and would not tock.” Capturing the sense, the polish, and the wit of the verse, Sif’s digitally colored pencil drawings bring their own elegance and charm to the narrative while adding amusing details for curious viewers to discover. A beguiling picture book for imaginative children. -- Carolyn Phelan (Reviewed 12/15/2018) (Booklist, vol 115, number 8, p101)
  • PreS-Gr 1—A tall man lives in a tall house and spends his days doing tall things that need doing, like picking apples, untangling swings, and rescuing things from trees. In the tall man's house lives a small mouse who spends her nights doing small things that need doing, such as finding small things like pegs, corks, and long-lost forks. One day the tall man tries to fix the town's great clock, but fails despite all his efforts. The tall man and small mouse meet the very next day. The tall man soon realizes that the quick and clever small mouse is just who he needs to help him fix the clock, and the small mouse is only too happy to oblige. Their teamwork pays off. Bergman's rhyming text is a joy to read and is perfectly matched by Sif's pencil and digital illustrations. A mix of spreads, vignettes, and dynamic text placement brings the story to life along with Sif's choice of colors and excellent use of details. VERDICT A sweet story of how doing one's own thing can be even better with a friend—even if you're "of a different kind." Perfect for reading aloud.—Catherine Callegari, Gay-Kimball Library, Troy, NH --Catherine Callegari (Reviewed 02/01/2019) (School Library Journal, vol 65, issue 1, p48)
  • When the titular tall man and small mouse finally discover they've been sharing a house, they quickly become collaborators. The book begins with the pleasant sound of a nursery rhyme: "On a tall hill / in a tall house / lived a tall man / and a small mouse." Here and throughout, the text is large, easily seen against pale backgrounds. Whimsical, lightly lined drawings with watercolor washes keep the mood light and comforting. The tall man—who is white and also comically thin—does "tall things / that needed doing," such as picking apples and rescuing cats and kites from trees. The small mouse, who creeps around the house while the man sleeps, wears a dress and a hooded cape from which large, white ears protrude. She excels at getting into tiny spaces and moving small items, restoring lost bits and pieces to the man. The minor crisis of the book occurs when, after a long day of effort, the tall man cannot figure out how to fix the town's tower clock. (There is no evidence of anyone else worrying whether the clock works, but it's obviously important to the tall man.) A funny sequence of vignettes as he gets dressed the next morning concludes with him almost stepping on the mouse, who had been sleeping in his tall, old-fashioned shoe. Gentle rhymes and rhythm combine with equally gentle art as the two characters become a working team and then friends. Sweet fun for storytime and bedtime. (Picture book. 3-6) (Kirkus Reviews, January 1, 2019)
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Publisher's description
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10756730
Cataloging source
YDX
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Bergman, Mara
Dewey number
[E]
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Intended audience
002-005
LC call number
PZ7.B452225
LC item number
Tal 2019
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • -1
  • 1
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Sif, Birgitta
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Friendship
  • Mice
  • Human-animal relationships
  • Stories in rhyme
  • Friendship
  • Mice
  • Human-animal relationships
  • Stories in rhyme
  • Friendship
  • Human-animal relationships
  • Mice
  • Stories in rhyme
Target audience
primary
Label
The tall man and the small mouse, Mara Bergman ; illustrated by Birgitta Sif
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
on1035789813
Dimensions
30 cm
Edition
First U.S. edition.
Extent
32 unnumbered pages
Isbn
9781536201680
Lccn
2018960538
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1035789813
Label
The tall man and the small mouse, Mara Bergman ; illustrated by Birgitta Sif
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
on1035789813
Dimensions
30 cm
Edition
First U.S. edition.
Extent
32 unnumbered pages
Isbn
9781536201680
Lccn
2018960538
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1035789813

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