By Aaron Shepard
“I’m quick and smart as I can be. Try and try, but you can’t catch me!” Mouse Deer sings his song as he walks through the forest looking for tasty fruits and roots and shoots. Though he is small, he is not afraid. He knows that many big animals want to eat him — but first they have to catch him!
- Published on: 2005-01-01
- Original language: English
- Number of items: 1
- Binding: Paperback
- 52 pages
A Teacher’s Gold Mine !!!
This book is a gold mine of resources for teachers! The Adventures of Mouse Deer has classic folktale characteristics which lend perfectly for teaching this genre. The entertaining storyline is highly motivating for the most reluctant reader. The simple, yet exciting plot make it perfect for practicing retelling, sequence, cause and effect. Because this is a folktale from Malaysia and Indonesia, readers have an authentic reason (and interest!) for research and practicing nonfiction reading strategies and atlas/map-reading. The book has three “stories” which are the perfect length for small group reading. The downloadable scripts from Mr. Shephard’s website are ideal for the Fluency Station post Guided Reading Group.
A retelling of some of South Asia’s most popular folklore
The Adventures of Mouse Deer: Tales of Indonesia and Malaysia is a retelling of some of South Asia’s most popular folklore, about Mouse Deer, a creature who is small but brave and cunning – in many ways similar to the trickster fox of other mythologies, or Brer Rabbit of more contemporary children’s literature. Simply narrated so that young people who are just graduating from picturebooks can easily follow the text, The Adventures of Mouse Deer is witty and steeped with the power of myth, as well as high-spirited determination. Black-and-white illustrations intersperse the text in this delightful introduction to an enduring legend.
Ingenious! I am thrilled with the storyline. I plan to use this book in teaching character education or the rainforest.