Alexander the mouse is tired of being chased out of the house. Willy the wind-up mouse is loved and cuddled by the child of the house. The two meet and share stories of their lives. Willy tells Alexander of a mysterious lizard in the garden who can change one animal into another. The lizard asks for payment of one purple pebble. Alexander looks and looks but is unable to find one. One day, just as Willy is set into a box to be thrown away, Alexander finds the purple pebble. The lizard turns Willy into a real live mouse and the two friends live happily together.
Rating ✓ #1 (Highly Recommended) #2 #3 #4 (Not acceptable)
Interest Level: 1-3 Reading Level: 2
Curriculum Area: Language Arts
Themes/Topics: friendship, magic, becoming
This book would be suitable for ✓ Lit Circles ✓ Kit Materials
✓ Read-Aloud (Gr.) 1-3