Bless This Mouse
By Lois Lowry
Available March 2011
A resilient and quirky colony of church mice fears another Great X more than they fear cats. Under Mouse Mistress Hildegarde’s leadership, they save themselves from one danger after another—sometimes just by the skin of their tails! Can one ultimate act of bravery during the feast day of St. Francis get Father Murphy to bless these mice and keep them safe forever?
This Blonde’s Review:
This was such a cute story. My youngest didn’t appreciate the length, but my 6 year old enjoyed listening to me read this to him, and looknig at the cute little pictures of the different mice that were on some of the pages. It’s not a young children’s book, but it’s not a YA book. With 164 pages and a few drawings, it fits for the child that reads well but isn’t interested in the YA type books yet.
Hildegarde is the Mouse Mistress and in charge of the church mice. She runs a tight ship to ensure there is not another Great X (extermination). When too many mice are seen and an exterminator is called she comes up with a plan to move all of the mice Outdoors, to keep them away while the exterminator is there. Thankfully they have a very smart and experienced mouse who knows about the type of glue traps that were set and explains the dangers to Hildegarde. Then they come up with a Clever plan to keep the mice safe.
In the meantime they are also coming up on the Feast of Saint Francis, when people bring their pets to church to be blessed. When it rains this is a scary time for the church mice since that means Many Cats are in their church. This year, Hildegarde is tired of every animal except Mice being blessed, and she decides to do something about it.
This was a cute story and reminds me of some of the books I used to love to read when I was younger. I can definitely see this becoming another classic story that we associate with Lois Lowry in years to come. If your child is old enough to read it, or you’re young at heart, do pick up a copy and see for yourself.