HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: The Mouse and the Meadow
Author and Illustrator: Chad Wallace
Publisher: Dawn Publications, 2014
ISBN-13: 978-1584694816 (Hardcover)
ISBN-10: 1584694815 (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 978-1584694823 (Paperback)
ISBN-10: 1584694823 (Paperback)
Related website: http://www.dawnpub.com (publisher)
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Reading level: Ages 4-10
Rating: ***** 5 stars (EXCELLENT)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Wallace, Chad. The Mouse and the Meadow (published in 2014 by Dawn Publications, 12402 Bitney Springs Rd., Nevada City, CA 95959). Do you know exactly what a meadow is and what kinds of animals live there? A young meadow mouse, also known as a meadow vole or field mouse, quickly comes of age as he sets out from home to explore his habitat, the meadow, which is a community of grasses and wildflowers, also called a prairie, grassland, or field. There he meets many remarkable creatures, such as a spider who spins a web to catch food; a honeybee collecting nectar and pollinating flowers; a monarch butterfly larva forming a chrysalis on a milkweed leaf; a wise old turtle who warns him about the dangers in the meadow; a kindly mother rabbit; and a firefly who really knows how to put on a show.
However, not all the meadow animals are friendly towards mice. Some, like the garter snake, the weasel, and the owl, would like to have him for lunch. Will he be eaten, or can he escape? The pleasant, rhyming text and stunning natural illustrations of The Mouse and the Meadow, all by Chad Wallace, introduce young people to the environment of the meadow not only with a story designed to appeal to children but also with scientific concepts which are entirely accurate. There are a couple of pages in the back with more information about the meadow and its inhabitants, along with some suggested learning activities. And for those who are into the latest technology, there is even an interactive pop-up app for the book. Did you know that weasels like to eat garter snakes too?