Little Bit of Love Author: Cynthia Platt Illustrator: Hannah Whitty
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Format:

Age Range: 3-7 years

Character Traits: Family Relationships

Publication Date: March 2011

BISAC: JUV002180, JUV050000

Pages: 32

Book Format Detail: Hardcover with Flocked Jacket

Retail Price: $15.95

ISBN-13: 978-1-58925-095-6

ISBN-10: 1-58925-095-8

Dimensions: 10-3/4" x 9-3/8"

Publication Date: March 2011

BISAC: JUV002180, JUV050000

Pages: 32

Book Format Detail: Paperback with Flocked Cover

Retail Price: $7.95

ISBN-13: 978-1-58925-426-8

ISBN-10: 1-58925-426-0

Dimensions: 10-3/8" x 9-1/16"

Start with a hungry small mouse who is tired of cheese. Add her mama and an idea for the perfect treat. Mix in a search for some special ingredients, and you have a sweet-as-pie picture book to share with someone you love! 

A beautifully illustrated story about a small mouse who learns that when you make something for your little one, it's always made of love. Feel fuzzy mice on the cover of this charming read-aloud that’s just right for a baker’s little helper!

Lexile: AD540

A mouse and her mother go on a culinary adventure. One bright morning, little mouse doesn't feel like eating cheese, or even the crumbs that her mama has saved for her. She craves something sweet, and mama knows just the thing. "A special treat made of a little bit of love." The pair, carrying baskets, sets out to gather the ingredients; it's an odyssey for the little mouse and a learning experience for both her and young listeners. Mama collects some honey in a tiny jar, flour from the nearby mill, huckleberries from the bushes and sweet cream from the dairy. Now they're ready to make their sweet treat. Little mouse helps mama at every step, her questions and mama's answers naturally guiding listeners through the process. They put the flour in a mixing bowl and shake the jar of cream to turn it into butter. Next comes the honey: drip, drip, drip. They mix and roll out the dough, put it in a pan, add berries and another layer of dough and pop it in the oven (sealed with a kiss). In no time at all, it's ready to eat. After declarations of mutual love, they feast on every nibble. Neat lessons on baking and rural life are nicely folded into Platt's tale of family love.  Whitty's illustrations are well-composed, with telling details and subdued colors. Charming.

 

February 15, 2011 Kirkus Reviews

Small Mouse is tired of plain old cheese and crumbs and wants something new and sweet to eat, so her mother takes her on a journey, gathering ingredients to make something out of love. They gather cream, berries, and honey, and at each stop the little mouse asks how it was made with love. Together they make a pie, and the youngster understands how good things are made with a mother’s love. This is a sweet story that not only teaches a child how a pie is made, but also how each ingredient comes from nature. Mama Mouse explains how cows give milk to feed their calves and that the sun shares its warmth with the berries. The colors in the art are soft but sunny, making this a cozy read. The loving facial expressions between the mice are endearing. This is a perfect lap read before sharing an old family recipe.–Kris Hickey, Columbus Metropolitan Library, OH

 

May 2011, School Library Journal

April

This is a great book