Mice Skating

illus. by Teagan White. 32p. Sterling. Oct. 2017. Tr $16.95. ISBN 9781454916321.
PreS-Gr 2—Lucy, a little brown field mouse, loves winter. She loves to frolic in the frosty air, make snow angels and build snowmice. Lucy's three mousy friends huddle in their den with a crackling fire and lots of cheese. She tries to convince her friends of all the great things about winter, such as snowball fights and snow cones, but they would rather wait for warmth and budding flowers before returning outside. One day, Lucy discovers ice skating. She has so much fun that she must figure out a way to share ice skating with her friends. She makes ice skates out of pine needles and knits them warm caps. After giving her friends her handiwork, Lucy and her now knit-capped friends venture outdoors. Lucy skates. She looks like she is flying. Excited, her friends try to skate and after a few wobbles they are all flying across the ice together. Ivory pages filled with watercolor and pencil illustrations of cute dark-eyed mice and wintry scenes will delight children. The illustrations rely on heavy use of black, brown, and green, and spare use of other colors.
VERDICT Winter lovers and summertime kids will both be able to enjoy Lucy's enthusiasm for all things frosty. A sweet seasonal offering.

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