Mousie, I Will Read to You is as gentle and soothing as a mother’s hand caressing her child’s cheek. Author Rachael Cole (winner of an Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Honor for her book City Moon) highlights how the wonderful gift of reading may be passed down through generations.
This touching story begins as the pregnant Mama Mouse is preparing for her baby’s arrival and setting aside books to read after his birth. As young Mousie grows up, these stories bring him comfort at all times and places—in a rocking chair, during an expedition or when he can’t sleep. Reading is an essential part of this mother and son’s bond, and before long, Mousie picks out his own books at the library.
With subtly colored illustrations, Melissa Crowton captures the essential charm of this story. Mother and child are often shown touching or embracing, and Crowton does an amazing job of conveying their heartwarming affection for each other and the stories they share.
Mousie, I Will Read to You could easily become a classic with across-the-board appeal. Additionally, Cole includes a helpful section on “Tips for Raising Readers” at the story’s end.