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‘We need the literature of other countries to expand our
horizons and stimulate our ideas. Without it, we are not only
diminished, we are starved’
(The Times, Magnus Linklater 29/06/05)
Little Mouse Helps Out
by Riikka Jantti
Age Range: Under_5
It is Saturday and Little Mouse has woken up full of energy and anticipation of a visit from his best friend, Pip. Mummy Mouse is busy with household chores and Little Mouse is very eager to help. Unfortunately, he doesn’t prove very useful because he spills juice on the table at breakfast and squirts too much tomato sauce in the pasta bake. Nevertheless Mummy Mouse is very patient and understanding.
When Pip finally arrives they have lots of fun playing together until Pip picks up Little Mouse’s teddy bear and the friends start to argue. Luckily Mummy Mouse comes to rescue and explains to them about the importance of sharing.
This delightful picture book from Finland by author and illustrator Riikka Jäntti, translated by Lola Rogan, about the delectable Little Mouse is beautifully illustrated in pen and ink, watercolour and gouache. The artwork is very amusing and full of expression depicting everyday incidents as Little Mouse attempt to help Mamma Mouse, whether it’s mopping the floor, cleaning the toilet or helping to cook the pasta bake. When Pip comes to play there is a lot of activity building a fort with furniture and blankets to the tug-of-war over Little Mouse’s teddy bear. Everything Little Mouse experiences is all part of growing up and learning new things.
A charming book, perfect for reading aloud and for bedtime, and one that is sure to become a firm favourite.