Thursday, July 26, 2012

Love, Mouserella (by David Ezra Stein)

Summary of Love,Mouserella (by David Ezra Stein):
Young Mouserella misses her Grandmouse after a recent visit with her.  On her mother’s prompting, Mouserella writes a letter to her Grandmouse, sharing some of the highlights of the past week like visiting a museum, experiencing a blackout, and creating sunflower seed parachutes.  The letter is full of snapshots of the family activities and drawings from Mouserella.  It ends with a picture of the young mouse blowing a kiss to her Grandmouse.   

Love,Mouserella is an entertaining read.   Mouserella’s creative and playful personality exudes from the pages.  The illustrations are exuberant and colorful.   The writing is in a child-like crayon print, including fixed mistakes and doodles.   I decided to highlight this book because I hope it will be a spring board for letter writing, at home or school.  Children can see that writing a letter is not difficult, nor does it have to be “perfect.”  A personal letter can be lots of fun to create with personal touches, like drawn pictures, photographs, and even small “gifts.”

Teaching Opportunities:
Home:  Pick a friend or family member to write to.  Plan a week of fun experiences which can range from home activities (crafts, games, experiments, cooking) to outings (movies, parks,  museums, local attractions).  Throughout the week, allow your child(ren) to write (using  pens, color pencils, crayons, or markers) a couple sentences about the day and illustrate them and/or add pictures (print them from the computer).  At the end of the week, send it off in the mail.  (Make sure it includes a date, greeting, and salutation).  

School:   Read Love, Mouserella during a unit on personal letter writing.   Provide colored pencils, crayons, and markers.  Allow children to write following Mouserella’s model—using pictures, photographs, and daily experiences.  

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