A fun visit to the Pennydale Zoo brings even more excitement when Juniper Mouse discovers the Zoo’s very own Great Talent Contest. Anyone can enter and that means Juniper too. But what will happen? Is there enough time to practice? With rhyme and vibrant illustrations the creative characters show that one CAN succeed with determination and practice. Even the underdog (or mouse!) can rise to the top.
Review: In this charming picture book, a timid mouse wins the day by using determination and hard work to overcome his fear of performing in public. The lesson, about the value of working toward a desired goal, has a clear subtext of healthy empowerment. The author nicely realizes the humorous mishaps and ebullient finale with colorful, fine-lined illustrations. A gentle, comic treat with a subtle lesson about building character.
Review: “My young students would become so frustrated when they could not master a task the first time. This darling story teaches the importance of practice. The quote ‘I practiced and practiced and practiced again’ would be a terrific class motto!”
Peggy Albertine, Kindergarten teacher 30+ years Portland, Oregon
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