One Little Mouse
Picture Book - Grades Preschool-3rd Grade

Written by Dori Chaconas
Illustrated by LeUyen Pham

Viking Children's Books
ISBN 0-670-88947-4

Mouse thinks his house is too small, so he sets out through the woodland to find a new one.  But who can give Mouse a new home? Not the moles (they eat worms), not the squirrels (they sleep in trees), and certainly not the scary snakes!

- Who will this story be about? How do you know?
- Do you think it will have a happy ending? What makes you think so?

- Why does Mouse want to find a new house?
- List all the different houses that Mouse tries.

- Why would a nut nest be “clicky and clacky and cracky?”
- Why would a mouse be afraid of snakes?

- What did Mouse discover in his travels for a new home?
- Which animals live in groups?

Of all the houses Mouse visits, which do you think would be the most cozy for you?
- Which one the least cozy? Why?

- What would the other animals think of Mouse’s cozy house?
- How can you categorize the animals Mouse meets? Hint:  wings, mammals, legs, etc.

- Predict what Mouse would say to his cousin about looking for a new house.
- Can you learn anything from Mouse?

- How might mouse describe these other animal houses:
chipmunk, fox, fish, duck

Prepare a graph, heading each column with a different forest animal. Take a survey, asking which animal each student would most like to spend the night with. Discuss the results.

-Using only natural materials, create a collage house out of things you find outside. Talk about what type of animal might like to live there!

- Assign the parts of the animals to your students, and then re-enact the story of One Little Mouse. Take turns being Mouse!!

Musical/ Rhythmic:
-Dori Chaconas, the author, uses rhyme to enhance the rhythm of the story. Find the part you like best, and memorize it. Then, try to write a couple of lines about your favorite animal's house using that same rhythm.

-Pretend you’re Mouse and write one Thank You letter to one of the places you tried to stay. Remember to be gracious, even if it wasn’t very comfortable!!

-Make a chart of feelings or emotions that little Mouse has during each of his bedtime adventures. Where is he scared? When is he miserable? Uncomfortable? Can you brainstorm other words to describe how Mouse feels?


Thanks to Tracie Vaughn Zimmer for this guide.

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