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Reviewed by Joe Wisinski for Readers' Favorite
Mimi and The Gold Baton by Cheryl Olsten is about a mouse who wants to become the first girl mousetro. That is, she wants to lead an orchestra. Mimi’s brothers, Matteo and Marco, also want to become mousetros. The three mice live in a music shop next to a bakery, and they use breadsticks as batons to practice leading an orchestra. Her brothers scoff at Mimi becoming a mousetro, but Mimi remembers that her mother said she could be anything she wanted to be. After Mimi’s brothers leave her, she finds a friendly man who is a maestro who lets her help lead an orchestra. Then Mimi remembers that her mother had told her about a place called the Musical Garden and heads there. With some help from a crow, she finds the Musical Garden, where she conducts the music as insects play musical instruments. Illustrated by Nicolò Carozzi, it is for ages 3 to 6.
Mimi and The Gold Baton, by Cheryl Olsten, is a charming story. The protagonist, Mimi the Mouse, is loveable, and the story is entertaining. You will be delighted when Mimi gets her wish at the end. The story is more than entertainment for children, though. It teaches many valuable lessons, including the wisdom of listening to encouragement from your parents, the determination to get your heart’s desire, and the satisfaction of meeting your goals. The illustrations by Nicolò Carozzi are detailed and beautiful. They fit the book perfectly and add much to both its enjoyment and the lessons it teaches. Children in Olsten’s 3-6-year-old target range will love the book and want to read it or have it read to them. I highly recommend it to young children, their parents, and their grandparents.