To demonstrate how some authors and illustrators team together make several stories, Daniel Kirk illustrations show books in the background. For example, Laura Numeroff and Felicia Bond team together with the “If You Give a Mouse” books. Library Mouse: a Friend’s Tale begins with Tom, a boy who frequents the library, writing a book. He stumbles upon a notebook belonging to Sam, the library’s mystery writer (see Library Mouse also by Daniel Kirk).
Through deduction, Tom learns the identity of Sam, a mouse. Trying to befriend him, Tom discovers an idea for his story. Leaving his book, The Shy One, Sam secretly illustrates Tom’s tale. In return, Tom keeps his new-found friend’s identity a secret.
Savorings for reading and in writing for Library Mouse: A Friend’s Tale:
- Illustrations – up close to show details in a scene for kindergarteners; excellent up close facial picture
- Contractions – several varied
- Problem/ Solution – a simple yet mystery-like plot for young children to understand; can use as a mentor text
- Suddenly – grabs the reader’s attention
- Colon – used 3 times