One small step for a mouse; one giant leap for aviation.
These are dark times . . . for a small mouse. A new invention—the mechanical mousetrap—has caused all the mice but one to flee to America, the land of the free. But with cats guarding the steamships, trans-Atlantic crossings are no longer safe. In the bleakest of places . . . the one remaining mouse has a brilliant idea. He must learn to fly!
A man drives his truck up to a cliff's edge. Unable to go any further, he opens the back door of his truck and a flock of birds flies out, but, as the man soon discovers, a small timid bird remains. Surprised and delighted, the man acts kindly towards the bird and an intimacy develops. After lunch, the man tries to show the bird that he should fly off and join his friends. The man's comic attempt at flight deepens the encounter between these two very different creatures. Soon the bird flies off and the man drives away, but in a surprise twist the bird and his friends return, and in a starkly lyrical moment we see them all experience something entirely new.
Rhymes, songs, games and plays are an effective and exciting way to develop and practice skills and concepts. They offer a wide choice of ideas for practical activities to introduce and develop a relevant topic. The stories in this book which are based on traditional folk tales deal with elements of nature such as wind, rain, sea, water cycle, seasons, etc. They are performed in a play format. Through these rhyming plays which are easy to stage children ask about their questions and the key characters such as the moon or the aunty answers them. Teachers and librarians will find these stories excellent for round- the table reading aloud and making flexible programming in classroom and group work. This delightful book while acquaints children with their environment, in the meantime enriches and broaden their creativities and experience.