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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
A Cat Named Mouse by Patti Tingen is the endearing story of Mouse the cat, Cheese the mouse, Cat the dog, and Cow the horse. Each one laughs at the other one's name but then the irony is that everyone's names are mixed up, making them look silly and funny. It is a theme that is relevant to the requirements of a child's growth in current times. The author covers the topics of bullying and teasing which many children face in their school and neighborhood. The author tells readers to be more tolerant and understanding toward their friends and the people around them. They should be helped to cope with these kind of acts. By the time the story ends, readers can see how the cat, dog, mouse, and horse become good friends.
The theme is very simple, but the author has managed to convey a strong message with her words. The scenes are clear and can be easily comprehended by children. Many of them can relate to the incidents put down in the story. Acceptance in society and school is very important for the healthy growth of children. The book initially shows the teasing and bullying scenes and how finally the cat, dog, mouse, and horse overcome that by extending a hand of friendship. Books with a concept are ideal for children. This conveys the message in the form of story telling. Parents and teachers can use this story for read-aloud sessions in libraries and classrooms.