Dog and Mouse
written and illustrated by Michelle Nelson-Schmidt
2015 (Kane Miller)
Source: Review copy provided by the publisher
"I am looking for someone, a very best friend, who is loyal and true-from beginning to end."
Mouse saw a little dog waiting and watching in the woods. What was he looking for? Turned out he wanted a friend. Mouse thought this was quite the noble cause so she offered her help. Dog eagerly accepted the assistance of this kind soul. Dog and Mouse looked every day. They watched through all seasons. Maybe the friend would come marching in wearing a crown or a cape. Perhaps a subtler touch would be applied with the friend barely causing a stir. The loyal little mouse came to comfort Dog and aid his search for an entire year. One day, Mouse didn't come. Dog worried as he remembered all the good times that he shared with her. There was building a snowman and trick or treating. Hide and seek games and sharing ice cream. What would he do without that mouse?
Dog and Mouse is a celebration of friendship. Reading through this rhyming gem, I was reminded about what it takes to be a friend. As Mouse remarked near the end, she had "just done what she knew that she should." Being a friend does mean doing what you know you should. After reading this book I would ask students to write about how they are a good friend and good times they have shared with a friend. This is the kind of book that you want to read at the beginning of the year as you try to build a positive culture in your classroom. These two animal pals were a big hit in kindergarten so you might want to invite them to your class.