The Story of Jumping Mouse: A Native American Legend Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2019-02-13 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 35 user ratings

"I love this book! I received through a school program when I was the second grade, and it has been one of my favorite children's stories since. It is a Native American tale of a young mouse who faces many obsticales on his way to another land. The mouse learns to be selfless and brave on his journey, and is rewarded at the end. This story is beautifully illustrated (it is a Caldecott Honor winner)and calls to both small children, older kids, and adults alike. I read this story to my Children's Literature class and they all fell in love with it, as did the group of kindergarteners I shared it with (they requested that I read it again and again!)." said.

"I had never heard this Native American anthropomorphic folktale until I picked up this book for the Caldecott Challenge. It won a 1985 Caldecott Honor and rightly so as the illustrations are gorgeous and it is a captivating story as well. A mouse wants to journey to the far-off land, a place he has only heard about in stories. On his way there, he meets a magical frog who grants him the ability to jump really high and gives him some magic. At each stage of his journey, the humble but brave Jumping Mouse gives a bit of himself to other animals he meets and they help him reach his goal of the Far-Off Land, and he is rewarded in the end. Recommended for ages 4-9, 5 stars. " said.

"Mouse wants to travel to far away lands. He first encounters Magic Frog who helps him cross a river by naming him Jumping Mouse and giving him the ability to jump. Along the way mouse meets different creatures and helps them the way Magic Frog helped him. Although as Jumping Mouse helps them, he loses the ability he has given them. For example, he gave a bison the gift of sight and then Jumping Mouse loses his sight. Happily, Jumping Mouses' kind spirit is rewarded at the end.

The black and white illustrations use shading very effectively. The illustrations are a bit abstract, but the character images are large enough to pop out on the pages.
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" This is a retelling of a Native American tale about a mouse on a journey who is rewarded for his compassionate acts. I think it is a great story and the illustrations are beautiful, but the story is a bit long for young children. " said.

" Caldecott Honor book with lots of words. It seems like I found a bunch of Caldecott Honor books that all retell legends and folktales with more than the typical amount of words for a picture book. This is yet another one. Though in this one the Jumping Mouse is a clear hero with wants and goals and a big heart. The text is very readable, the art beautiful but not overdone. And there's a nice twist at the end, though it's kind of a big leap. " said.

" What really makes this story are the illustrations. The story itself is short. It is a tale of the journey through life, and that to become the best one can be is to give of oneself to others to help them to become the best they can be. " said.

" The journey of a little mouse that displays unconditional love. A great tale to include in your storytelling collection. " said.

" I liked everything about this book except the ending, which came completely out of nowhere and made very little sense. Jumping Mouse’s selflessness and desire to do more than just sit around eating berries is inspiring, and I expected the ending to reward him differently than it did. Still, the lifelike illustrations are eye-catching, even only in black-and-white, and it was fun trying to imagine how each animal might speak as I read the book aloud to my husband. " said.

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