“Such a Little Mouse” by Alice Schertle and illustrated by Stephanie Yue. Orchard Books, 2015. $16.99.
A charming story of a little mouse and his yearlong morning adventures from out of his hole under a clump of dandelions beneath a meadow. Through spring, summer and fall, the mouse explores his surroundings and gathers food for his winter hibernation. Along the way he meets many animal friends including bees busy on a clover patch, a toad who lives under a flowerpot, and geese who warn him of the impending winter.
Filled with delightful illustrations, “Such a Little Mouse” will be sure to please any preschooler!
— Laura Acosta,Baton Rouge
“Bayou Magic” by Jewell Parker Rhodes. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2015. $17.
Ten-year-old Maddy must spend the summer on the bayou at her grandmere’s house. It is a far cry from New Orleans and city life, so she is reluctant to go.
But once there, she quickly immerses herself into the surroundings, the people and her family’s history.
Maddy’s grandmere guides Maddy as she begins to realize she has a mystical connection with her ancestors and inherited magical abilities.
After a devastating Gulf oil spill, Maddie soon understands just how important her stay in the bayou is and how her newfound abilities can help save it.
Rhodes, who has written several other children’s books centered in Louisiana, based “Bayou Magic” on African folktales, her love of Louisiana, and a concern for the environment. A fast-paced book targeted for children ages 8-13.
— Laura Acosta, Baton Rouge