Saturday, May 30, 2015

Book Review: The Small Mice of Homesville

The Small Mice of Homesville
By Linda May Kallestein and Elias Kallestein
Publisher: Kallestein Publishing;
Published: Mar. 30, 2013
Amazon Synopsis:

Everyone loves animals. So do we. That’s why we want to share this love with kids. “The Small Mice of Homesville” is a read aloud story for young children, or an easy-reader for beginning readers. 

Sebastian is a little mouse living with his family in a den just outside Homesville. He is very curious about Homesville, but is too small to leave his den. 

One day, mother puts Sebastian in charge of his brothers and sisters. When his small sister Frida goes missing, Sebastian finally has a reason to go to Homesville. 

A story about being small in a large world.

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 My Thoughts:

Sebastian is a small mouse who is one day left in charge of his brothers and sisters while his parents go into Homesville. While they were all born on the same day, Sebastian was the eldest of them all.

Sebastian has always wanted to go into Homesville, but knows that he is too little to go. However he does feel very proud to be considered big enough to babysit his brothers and sisters. He is careful to count them and make sure they are all there. That is, until his sister Frida turns up missing.

I thought Sebastian was a brave little mouse to go after his sister even though he was very fearful about going into such a big place. He was very resourceful in his thinking about how to save her. He was also thoughtful about what to do in regards to keeping his brothers and sisters safe at home while he went looking for Frida.

It was obvious to me that Sebastian’s parents made a good choice to put Sebastian in charge rather than one of the other mice as he was able to round them all up again before their parents got home. I imagine they will have quite a tale to tell when they all wake up.

I thought this was a wonderful first chapter book story about small animals in a big world. Children will love having this book read to them or enjoy reading it as one of their first chapter books. I gave The Small Mice of Homesville 5 stars out of 5.

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About the Author:

Linda May Kallestein was born 1966 in New York, USA to Norwegian parents. She moved to Norway at age 11 and has made Oslo, Norway her base. Linda May considers herself a storyteller. She writes and expresses herself in several formats as a filmmaker (screenplay writer of short and feature films, director of documentary films), journalist and writer of fact and fiction books. Her short films have been screened in film festivals worldwide, several of which have won awards. Her first feature film is scheduled for theatrical release in October 2013. Linda May is passionate about human rights and animal rights, which are reflected in her various productions and publications.

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Elias Kallestein was born in 1992 in Norway. After living all over the country while growing up, he has currently made the capital Oslo his base when not globetrotting. Already from a very young age, Elias displayed a promising artistic talent, as well as a technical mastering. He graduated from Einar Granum Kunstfagskole, (Art College) in 2012 where he majored in illustration. Elias has worked as a storyboard artist for both film and theater. As head illustrator and graphic designer of Kallestein Publishing, Elias experiments in an array of visual styles. Veganism as an expression of animal rights and healthy living is a central part of Elias' life and is reflected in his choice of work.

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