Mouse's First Summer

Summer fun is just around the corner. Parent educators with the Washington School District mark its start with the May Baby Buzz Pick, “Mouse’s First Summer” by Lauren Thompson.

Each month the parent educators select a quality hardcover book for babies and toddlers birth to age 5. Copies of the Baby Buzz Pick are then purchased by the parent educators and used in their visits with area children.

A review of each month’s Baby Buzz Pick is featured in the third weekend issue of The Missourian. The following review was written by Nancy Nagel, area literacy advocate.

“Two curious mice sneak away in a picnic basket and discover the joys of a summer picnic in this colorful board book.

“As the mice cavort through the meadow, they enjoy all the good, and not so good, things about summertime. The author uses lots of descriptive words to tell the story. ‘Drippy, sweet, wet, red, watermelon.’ ‘Marching, munching, bold, black ants,’ ‘Wink, blink, fireflies glowing, try to catch one!’ ‘Fireworks fly, every color in the sky! Hooray for summer!’

“This sturdy board book will appeal to children of many ages. The youngest tots and toddlers will enjoy hearing the rhythmic lines of text. Toddlers will relish finding the two mice on each page and pointing out the colors as a reader names them. Older children will take pleasure in naming the colors and talking about the activities.

“Ask your children questions about the scenes in the book. Do the mice look like they are having fun? How does lemonade taste to you? Have you seen fireflies or big black ants? Encourage them to talk about their experiences or to make up their own stories to go with the pictures.

“Summer is a wonderful time to get outdoors with your young children. Pack some snacks and head to the nearest patch of grass or woods. It may be your own backyard. Stretch out and look around. See the world through your child’s eyes. You’ll be amazed at what you learn.”

“Other parent educator favorites this month are “My Mom is the Best Circus,” by Luciana Navarro Powell, “A Vacation for Pooch,” by Maryann Cocca-Leffler, “Hello Kitty, Hello Summer,” by Sanrio, “Pug and Doug,” by Steve Breen, and “I am Not a Copycat,” by Ann Bonwill.