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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Willa Grace is always listening to animals in The Night the Mice Sang by Marla F. Jones. She is gazing out of the window and hoping it rains. She is also listening to the bats having a birthday party. She knows her mother hasn’t believed her when she said about listening to the bats having a birthday party. The next day she tells her father that she is listening to the crickets crooning. Her brother, Kevin, makes fun of her when she says she is listening to the mice singing. She is sure that it would rain that night though the weatherman has predicted drought. It rains that night and she tells her family that she heard the mice singing about the onset of rain.
The book teaches readers to listen to the sounds around them carefully and try to understand the language of animals. The story is imaginative and makes children listen to animals and their sounds with a new perspective. The illustrations are lively and colorful, and they not only give a good pace and movement to the story, but also breathe life into the scenes and the characters. It’s an adorable story for bedtime story-telling and can also be used for read aloud sessions in classrooms and school libraries.
I found the character of Willa Grace magical, and her wanting to listen to the animals and comprehend the sounds they make is also very fascinating to readers. The book will encourage readers to listen more to the sounds of animals and try to understand what they are saying.