Classic storytelling pairs with exquisite artwork in this tale of a very small mouse on a large adventure to find the biggest creature in the world.
“Stunning art, paired with a simple poetic text, pulls readers along as they wonder which animal they will meet next.” ―School Library Journal
A very small mouse sets out to find something special―the biggest creature in the world. Along her journey, she meets a menagerie of animals who want to join her in her quest, including a frog, a badger, and a tiger. She visits lakes, rivers, woods, and even climbs a mountain and stops by a zoo. And when she arrives at the ocean, will she finally find the biggest animal of all?
From the world-renowned team of author Brian Patten and illustrator Nicola Bayley, this gentle story is a celebration of the world’s wide variety of living creatures. While the poetic text and cumulative tale treatment pull readers along, the gorgeous colored pencil art will have little ones lost in the wonders of the natural world.
“The meticulously executed colored-pencil illustrations, whether of feather or fur, ferns or foxgloves, are so exquisite that children will become lost in them. Stunning art, paired with a simple poetic text, pulls readers along as they wonder which animal they will meet next.” ―School Library Journal
“The evergreen ‘dream big’ message gets a gracious, nicely designed treatment here.” ―Kirkus Reviews
“A classic children’s fable, with delicate, detailed, realistic portraits of each animal intron and perfectly cadenced pages of calm narrative conveying wonder and delight in the immense variety of living creatures.” ―Midwest Book Reviews
Kansas State Reading Circle Recommended Reading List (Primary) —Kansas National Education Association, 2015
Delaware Diamonds (Nominee, Grades K-2) —Diamond State Reading Association, 2015-2016
AR Level: 3.2
F&P: L, Gr 2, Genre F
Themes: Adventures, Challenges, Courage, Cumulative Tales, Goals
BISAC 1: JUV002000 JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / General
BISAC 2: JUV002180 JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Mice, Hamsters, Guinea Pigs, etc.
BISAC 3: JUV029000 JUVENILE FICTION / Nature & the Natural World / General