Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse (Paperback)

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Bookseller: Cheri

Title: Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse


This story makes my heart happy. Poor Alexander, like everyone else at some point in time, looks at Willy the Wind-Up mouse and wishes to be him.  I've definitely envied another person and wished my life could be like theirs -- And yet... Leo Lionni perfectly demonstrates how being yourself is always the best - and even being selfless and generous to another brings with it the best gift of joy.  Heart = Happy :)  Also, let's not forget the artwork.  LOVE the textures and printwork.  C'est bon!

— From Cheri


Everyone loves Willy the wind-up mouse, while Alexander the real mouse is chased away with brooms and mousetraps. Wouldn't it be wonderful to be loved and cuddled, thinks Alexander, and he wishes he could be a wind-up mouse too. In this gentle fable about a real mouse and a mechanical mouse, Leo Lionni explores the magic of friendship. 

Originally published in 1969, the Caldecott Honor-winning Alexander and the Wind-up Mouse is sure to enchant a whole new generation of readers.

About the Author

LEO LIONNI wrote and illustrated more than 40 picture books, including four Caldecott Honor Books—Inch by Inch, Swimmy, Frederick, and Alexander the Wind-Up Mouse. He died in 1999 at the age of 89.

Praise For…

“First published in 1975 and out of print for many years, Pezzettino, by the late legendary children's book author and artist Lionni, returns to charm a new generation of kids.” —Child Magazine

Product Details
ISBN: 9780399555510
ISBN-10: 039955551X
Publisher: Dragonfly Books
Publication Date: January 17th, 2017
Pages: 32
Language: English