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Book Title: The Mouse and the Motorcycle|
The author of the book: Beverly Cleary
Edition: Turtleback Books
Date of issue: August 15th 1990
ISBN 13: 9780881032789
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Reader ratings: 4.9
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 2.12 MB
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I first read 'The Mouse and the Motorcycle' as a young child. It is one of the books that stands out in my memory. It sparked a love of reading that has stayed with me for a lifetime.
The local library, where my grandmother would take me for story time when I was a little girl, had very high ceilings with crown molding all the way around the top. Only, this library left about a one foot gap between the ceiling and the top of the molding, resulting in a small ledge/shelf, high up on the wall and all the way around the room. On that "ledge" they had managed to get a "Ralph" riding a motorcycle around the room. I'm sure it was some sort of simple pulley system, but it did the trick. I think I believed in Ralph longer than I believed in Santa. Nobody was going to tell me that he wasn't real after seeing him ride around at the library!
Listening to the audiobook for the first time with my daughters, I was happy to see that they seemed to enjoy all of Ralph and Keith's adventures as well. It held their attention from start to finish, which is invaluable when you're trapped in a car with children. This was another one of our road trip selections as we made the 3.5 hour drive from my home to my grandmother's and back. The timing was just right to finish it on the way there, listening to another story on the return trip.
This book tells the story of a young boy that is staying at a hotel with his parents. Living in the older hotel is a family of mice. Ralph is the young "boy" mouse, struggling to stay out of trouble as he yearns for adventure.
Keith and Ralph become fast friends when Keith rescues Ralph from the wastebasket. For the rest of Keith's stay, they grow closer, forcing each other to view life through a different lens. It is a story about kindness, responsibility, trustworthiness and tolerance. Ralph and Keith learn some tough lessons about friendship along the way.
Overall, this remains a fantastic children's story. My girls really enjoyed listening to the adventures of Ralph play out as we listened. The narration was good and the length was just right. I definitely recommend this book for young, school age children.
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Read information about the authorBeverly Cleary (born April 12, 1916) is the author of over 30 books for young adults and children. Her characters are normal children facing challenges that many of us face growing up, and her stories are liberally laced with humour. Some of her best known and loved characters are Ramona Quimby and her sister Beatrice ("Beezus"), Henry Huggins, and Ralph S. Mouse.
Beverly Cleary was born Beverly Atlee Bunn in McMinnville, Oregon. When she was 6, her family moved to Portland, Oregon, where she went to grammar and high school. She was slow in learning to read, due partly to her dissatisfaction with the books she was required to read and partly to an unpleasant first grade teacher. It wasn't until she was in third grade that she found enjoyment from books, when she started reading The Dutch Twins by Lucy Fitch Perkins. Thereafter, she was a frequent visitor to the library, though she rarely found the books she most wanted to read — those about children like herself.
She moved to California to attend the University of California, Berkeley, and after graduation with a B.A in English in 1938, studied at the School of Librarianship at the University of Washington in Seattle, where she earned a degree in librarianship in 1939. Her first job was as a librarian in Yakima, Washington, where she met many children who were searching for the same books that she had always hoped to find as a child herself. In response, she wrote her first book, Henry Huggins, which was published in 1950. Beezus and Ramona, Cleary's first novel to feature the Quimby sisters as the central focus of the story, was published in 1955, although Beezus and Ramona made frequent appearances in the Henry Huggins series as supporting characters.
In 1940 she married Clarence T. Cleary and they moved to Oakland, California. The Clearys became parents to a set of twins, Marianne Elisabeth and Malcolm James, in 1955. Clarence Cleary died in 2004. Beverly Cleary currently lives in Carmel, California.
She has also written two autobiographies, A Girl from Yamhill and My Own Two Feet.
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