Tuesday, March 12, 2013


by I. C. Springman, illustrated by Brian Lies
Houghton Mifflin, 2012.  Unpaged.  Picture Book.

     Mouse is sorry his friend Magpie is sad, so he gives him a marble to take home to his nest.  That's Something.  Soon Magpie has added a Lego block and a German schilling--"a few, several . . . ."  But there is much "more and more and more" to come:  sunglasses, keys, a necklace.  Soon Magpie has lots of stuff like a pocket watch, a spoon, a toothbrush, a wooden block.  Enough? asks Magpie.  Too much, says Mouse, but before he can do anything about it Magpie's oh-so-full nest breaks the branch it is sitting on and Magpie, his nest, and all his stuff falls to the ground.  Mouse and his friends help Magpie take his stuff back up into his tree.  Just not so much of his stuff.  Lots of useful lessons might be learned from this charming book, but mostly it will please the little ones for Magpie's silliness, Mouse's (and mice's!) helpfulness, and the I-Spy amount of stuff Magpie finds and flies and stores up in his nest.

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