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Reviewed by Amy Louise Hill for Readers' Favorite
The Parable of the Field Mouse by Wendy Talené and Neil W. Anderson is a children's book about a cute, but hungry field mouse. The mouse struggles through winter but finally comes across some crumbs of food, just enough to last him a day or two. Word soon gets around and lots of other hungry, helpless animals ask for the mouse’s help. The mouse is torn between keeping himself fed and helping those in need. The mouse makes the right decision and continues to help the hungry animals, but soon asks the question of where the food is coming from. By the end of this beautifully written story, you will find out what the mouse realized, and you too will learn the lesson he did. Can you guess what it is?
I was left feeling humbled and emotional after reading Wendy Talené and Neil W. Anderson’s story The Parable of the Field Mouse, as it hits you with a message. I am not religious, but I do have certain things I believe in, and one of the main things is included in this story. The implied message is “Give and it will be given to you” as it states on the last page of the book. This message is so important for everyone, not just children, to learn as it teaches you to be selfless and help those that are in need. The story is beautiful from start to finish and I would happily read it again and again. The illustrations are so cute and adorable, and children will find them delightful. Children may also not realize that they have learned this important message because of how good the writing is. Wendy has used rhyming to structure her story and it makes the book so much more enjoyable. I want to wish Wendy Talené and contributor Neil W. Anderson the very best in their creative journeys and I hope the two of them collaborate again in the future.