I like that the message about sharing isn’t heavy-handed. It’s short and sweet, and thus more likely to sink in than turn off. Young children will love being in on the joke of the clueless mouse who has no idea that his secret is literally growing out of control behind him. And they’ll understand his first impulse to be selfish and keep the treat for himself. Speaking of treats, I think you’ll find that Little Mouse’s Big Secret is a treat for the eyes. Against an empty elegant yellow background, tiny animals converse at the bottom of the right-hand page. The only other action that takes place on the page is a beautiful tree that slowly grows behind the mouse. Textually and visually, Battut does a great job of showing us that less is more.
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Tiny but mighty, mice are very popular in children’s stories. What are some of your favorite mice tales?