Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Mardi Gras!

It's Mardi Gras! Let's celebrate with some Mardi Gras - related children's literature!

Lionni, Leo.
The Greentail Mouse.
A.A. Knopf.

Ages: 4-7
Genre: Fiction, Holidays - Mardi Gras

Guided Reading Level: N/A

One day, a city mouse shows up in the country, and their curious nature makes the country mice inquire about life in the city. The city mouse explains that the city is sad and dangerous most of the time, but there's one day when it's a wonderful place to live - Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, as the city mouse explains and then goes on to share details about a Mardi Gras celebration very similar to that which people celebrate! The country mice become entralled with the idea of Mardi Gras and decide to host their own celebration. However, they become so engrossed with the notion, that they forget that they are just celebrating and soon believe they are true to the role they are playing. It takes some time, but one mouse finally reminds the others that they are not ferocious animals but rather are mice.

This is a cute tail, told in true Lionni fashion that children are sure to love!


style='clear: both;' Deanna H. said...

Okay, that makes sense of why some people had on those green and purple necklaces today. I was wondering. Celebrating Mardi Gras with reading is a great idea!

style='clear: both;' Stel.la said...

love it!

I have one from Leo Lionni, "Swimmy",and it depends on the season, I like to read it to my class, so cute!!

love your blog!!

Stel.la, from Barcelona, spain.