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Celebrated writer and illustrator Daniel Kirk brings to life the joys of reading, writing, and sharing in this all-new Library Mouse adventure. Sam the library mouse loves to write, and the children love his little books, which he leaves on the library shelves for them to find. But no one at the library has ever met him. When Tom can’t find a partner for a book-making assiCelebrated writer and illustrator Daniel Kirk brings to life the joys of reading, writing, and sharing in this all-new Library Mouse adventure. Sam the library mouse loves to write, and the children love his little books, which he leaves on the library shelves for them to find. But no one at the library has ever met him. When Tom can’t find a partner for a book-making assignment and finds Sam’s secret hole behind the children’s reference section, will the pair be able to work together, or will Sam’s secret identity be spoiled forever? A heartwarming tale about collaboration and creative ambitions, this book will enchant any young aspiring author or illustrator....

Title : A Friend's Tale
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ISBN : 9780810989276
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 32 Pages
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A Friend's Tale Reviews

  • Shamika
    2019-03-17 05:42

    Text-to-TeachingWhat a cute book! This story surrounds around a little boy and a shy mouse that eventually works together on a writing project. For my activity, I would actually have it resemble to the book's original story. For example, I would have the classroom to collaborate on a writing/reading activity in a group of three. The first person would be the author, the second person will be the illustrator and the last person will be the narrator. This will be a great opportunity for the children to collaborate collectively and express their thoughts. It teaches them to work together, have opinions and take ownership.

  • Kelly Veatch
    2019-02-24 11:38

    The illustrations were my favorite part! I loved how there were other children's books in the pictures. Too cute! The story had a great message about friendship too.

  • Kenson Dickey
    2019-02-21 07:31

    I liked this book because we already knew the characters. i really like to read books in a series. I thought the really cool thing about this book is that i saw two books that we have read together as a family in the pictures. (age 5)

  • AdeaDavis
    2019-03-01 06:42

    I love the content and the pictures. This is a great book for grades K+. This book can be read aloud to kindergartners.

  • Molly
    2019-03-13 12:32

    The mouse in the library is really shy, but likes to write at night.

  • Kary
    2019-02-21 05:19

    Loved the cameos of popular children's books. Great book to read before teaching a writing lesson.

  • Laurie
    2019-02-24 08:37

    Parents need to know that this is the second Library Mouse book. The first one won the National Parenting Publication Gold Award in 2007 and the International Reading Association Teacher's Choice award in 2008. Positive messagesFriendship and teamwork make things work out for the boy, the librarian, and the mouse.Violence & scarinessNot applicableLanguageNot applicableThis is from commonsensemedia.orgBooklist (May 15, 2009 (Vol. 105, No. 18))Grades K-3. Kirk continues his love letter to libraries with this follow-up to Library Mouse (2007). After he’s left without a partner on the latest project for his library’s Writers and Illustrators club, a young boy named Tom discovers the mouse Sam’s hiding place behind the children’s reference desk. Despite never having been seen (in fact, no one even knows he’s a mouse!), Sam is still an accomplished and admired author-illustrator at the library. Tom leaves tokens of friendship at Sam’s hole—a piece of cheese, a peanut-butter cracker—without any results. Finally he decides to leave something Sam can’t ignore . . . a story! Together they write, and Sam illustrates, a book called The Shy One. Kirk’s lifelike art remains exceptional—the world seen from Sam’s perspective is impeccably detailed. The covers of classic children’s books such as Goodnight Moon and Frindle appear on desks and in the hands of patrons; young readers will be thrilled to recognize some titles and encouraged to read the ones they don’t yet know. This charming sequel will be another hit at library story hour.Horn Book (Fall 2009)In this message-y book, rodent author Sam (Library Mouse) continues his writing incognito. After a bashful library patron tracks Sam to his mouse hole, the two collaborate on a story, "The Shy One." Tension builds (mildly) as their secret may be revealed. Human characters look stiff in the close-up illustrations, which also reference famous children's books.Kirkus Reviews (January 15, 2009)Mouse becomes muse. Late at night when the library is closed, Sam the mouse, an enthusiastic reader and writer, sneaks out of his comfy hole to take advantage of the library's resources, leaving the books he writes behind. One morning, Sam works all night and falls asleep at a table, waking up just in time to avoid an elementary-school writing club. In his haste to escape, however, he leaves behind his notebook. Young Tom discovers it and takes it to the librarian, who suggests he leave it for Sam to find later. Tom has another idea, deciding to find Sam. He leaves cheese and a story he's written called "The Shy One" by Sam's mousehole. In no time flat, the duo is collaborating, with Sam doing the illustrations. And Tom's text gives Sam an idea for another book. Kirk's substantial text suits early grades. While his illustrations hold little artistic nuance, they do incorporate well-known titles by other author-illustrator duos, and children will enjoy spotting such favorites as Goodnight Moon and Miss Nelson Is Back. In all, a solid nudge to budding writers. (Picture book. 6-9)School Library Journal (April 1, 2009)K-Gr 2-Library Mouse (Abrams, 2007) introduced shy, library-dwelling Sam, who writes and illustrates books that he leaves for Mrs. Forrester and the children to read. This pleasant sequel features a bashful boy named Tom, who is a member of the Writers and Illustrators Club. He discovers that the mysterious author is a mouse and leaves him treats in an effort to make friends. Sam is able to bypass the cheese and crackers, but when he finds the story Tom wrote, he cannot resist. When the club meets again, Mrs. Forrester finds a new book written by Tom and illustrated by Sam, featuring two friends drawn as mice. When asked to identify his collaborator, Tom keeps his new friend's secret. Kirk's anthropomorphic mouse lives in a realistic-looking library, and his drawings of the librarian and children are incredibly lifelike. Tom's facial expressions and body language aptly convey his shyness and concern about Sam. The illustrations alternate between full-bleed drawings and spotlight cameos, and the perspective changes to show the story from of the points of view of the two main characters. This charming selection deserves a place in most collections.-Martha Simpson, Stratford Library Association, CT Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

  • Robert
    2019-03-23 11:32

    This is another book Fritz received at last evening's scavenger hunt at his school. This was the first book he selected, although he didn't peruse as much as take the closest book to him.This book was okay. A boy is in a writer's group. He ends up being paired with the instructor since he was the odd one out. He is to write a story and have it illustrated. The boy discovers some writing by an unknown. It turns out the library mouse left it behind by accident. The boy ferrets out the secret.In the end, the mouse illustrates the book the boy wrote much to the pleasure of everyone else, although the boy keeps his rodent friend a secret.It's an entertaining enough tale, although no masterpiece.****This morning, my little boy was all about this book. Why? Who knows. He walked around all morning and then stated I had to read it to him. Gladly. We had a good time. He liked my deep narrator voice I used.We had a pleasant time reading this together. :)****23 March 201120 September 2013

  • K.C.
    2019-03-07 05:39

    Kirk, Daniel. (2009). Library Mouse: A Friend's Tale. New York: Abrams Books for Young Readers.Category: picture storybookThis is the 2nd book in the series about Sam, the shy, library mouse who writes and illustrates books. In this story, a student named Tom, a reluctant writer, discovers Sam's home and figures out that the author who always writes about mice is a mouse himself. Tom writes a story about Sam and leaves it outside his hole. Sam illustrates the book and leaves it out for all to be enjoyed. Tom was worried that his illustrations would give away his identity and was relieved when he sees that Sam has drawn both characters as mice. The illustrations are beautiful, and I love how many actual book titles are included in the illustrations of the library.Theme: libraries, mice, authorship, shynessClassroom uses: Read-aloud, creative writing

  • Savannah Harpster
    2019-03-15 07:33

    Sam is a library mouse that lives in a hole in the wall in the children’s reference books. Sam loves to write and draw anything and everything that sparks his interest. Even the children love to read his little books that he leaves on the shelves of the library. However, Sam is very shy and has never been seen until now by a boy named Tom. But when the library’s Writers and Illustrators Club is given an assignment to work with partners, Tom is left all by himself. Then he finds out Sam’s secret identity and is reluctant to have a chance to work with him. But how will he keep everyone from finding out? This a great story for any beginner writer or child that wants to write. This is a great way to show students how to find inspiration and build a friendship. Just read this book a loud to the class room and then have students partner up and create their own stories.

  • Chanae
    2019-03-06 10:19

    This book was... okay... I guess. To be honest it barely makes the 2 star mark for me. I really want to say 1 star as in I didn't like it. I've read a lot of children's books and this one does not measure up. I love libraries and books and the idea of this book I think is good and cute (a boy with writers block gets an idea for a story and then a mouse illustrates it for him) - but the actual story did not turn out as good or cute as the idea. I wasn't that impressed. Even the illustrations were poorly lacking. I don't know how much this book normally is - but I wouldn't be surprised if it's on the clearance shelf - that's the type of book it reminds me of. One you might pay $1 - $2 for. Although I still wouldn't pay that much for it.

  • Jennifer Velez
    2019-02-24 10:45

    Sam is a mouse that lives in the library. He loves to read and write and he writes small books, that the students love to read. Nobody knows who this Sam is that writes all this little books. One day Tom discovered Sam's writing. He wanted to become Sam's friend, so he wrote him a letter. Sam read the letter and drew illustrations for it, they were two little boy mice. He turned this letter in as his book assignment, it was a collaborative piece of work, Tom wrote the words and Sam drew the pictures. This is a good book to teach the children about creative writing and how they can write books and draw their own illustrations for it. This could be a very fun activity and activate their imagination and creativity.

  • Karen
    2019-03-10 04:16

    My five-year-old, story-telling son, named Thomas, picked out this book from the library. We changed one of the protagonist's names from Tom to Thomas, and my son was able to see himself in this sweet story. Although, he would have preferred to have worked with a library cat. Named Molly Kitten. The story was good, but I really loved the illustrations. Especially the book covers. I had completely forgotten about Kevin Lewis' My Truck is Stuck (and that Daniel Kirk illustrated it) until I saw in being carried by a character. And I loved seeing some of my favorite books from when I did story time at the library on the librarian's desk.

  • Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
    2019-03-10 10:29

    I didn't like this one as much as I did the first Library Mouse book. In this story, the children in the library's Writers and Illustrators Club (neat idea!) have to pair up to produce a book. One boy, Tom, is left without a partner, and through serendipity, Sam, the Library Mouse, ends up illustrating the book he writes. Tom knows that Sam is a mouse and that Sam values his anonymity, but all the kids are asking Tom to introduce them to Sam. Will he betray Sam's secret identity? I still don't like the idea of Sam dressed in people clothes. Why can't he just be a mouse? Disappointing.

  • Denise
    2019-02-22 09:28

    This is a sweet story of a boy and the library mouse Sam. Sam is an author/illustrator in secret. He leaves his work on the librarian's desk. Tom discovers Sam's secret and after collaborating with Sam on a book, he respects and honors Sam's privacy. Good one-on-one book, and a good read-aloud for early elementary students. The illustrations are beautiful and the illustrator included easily recognizable books throughout the story. They appear almost like cameos.

  • Becky B
    2019-03-13 06:44

    A little boy named Tom who visits the library figures out who Sam is. He leaves food for Sam, but Sam is worried about discovery. Finally, Tom figures out a way to let Sam know he'll keep his secret. In return, Sam makes him something special.A cute tale about a unique writer/illustrator friendship that springs up at a library. It feels like an easier and simpler Mouse and the Motorcycle friendship.

  • Megan
    2019-03-19 05:33

    I am doing this with a unit on authors and illustrators. The 3-4th grade kids are illustrating pictures and then having their partner write a story of their picture. In 1-2nd grade they are illustrating a picture and writing the story themselves but I read the book to 1-4th grade and I am surprised how much they are all enjoying it! They like the pictures and looking for the mouse on the different pages.

  • Nancy
    2019-03-20 07:37

    Sam is the library mouse, who comes out at night, and he writes books for the library. The school children are working in two's to write books, and one boy doesn't have a partner. He finds a book, that was written by Sam, and the next day he see's Sam's little foot prints. He looks and finds the mouse hole, and he leaves cheese, and other foods in the entrance. He finally makes friends with Sam, and they write and illustrate a book together. Cute book!

  • Kellee Hao
    2019-03-12 07:20

    Library Mouse: A Friend's Tale can be a great addition to your classroom library. The illustration of the book is fairly realistic and is fascinating to show to an audience. This book includes main ideas about friendship and improving oneself in the areas of writing and sharing. If a student is often shy or not really open, this book may help the student by relating to their circumstance and by helping them trusting in a friend to lean on.

  • Amanda Davidson
    2019-02-23 07:32

    Genre: Picture BookCopyright: 2009I thought this was a great sequel to the original Library Mouse. It's about the same mouse who is discovered by a boy in the library, and the mouse helps the kid get over his writer's block. I thought it was very endearing how much each of the characters' cared about each other's well-being. I really liked it.

  • Sarah Adamson
    2019-03-15 09:28

    This is a fun book about a mouse living in a library. Although I appreciate the worries that keeping secrets is mentioned and sort of encouraged in the latter part of the story, I think it fits in well with the story and enables the author to make this a fun adventure of friendship and challenges to teamwork.

  • Rosa
    2019-03-09 10:26

    So I have never read the first book in the series and I think that I might need to. I liked the story of how the little boy and the mouse became friends. I loved the illustrations and the sprinklings of familiar book covers. I may honestly need to page through here and see what pictures books I should definitely be reading.

  • Kris - My Novelesque Life
    2019-03-16 12:32

    A FRIEND'S TALE(Library Mouse: #2)Written and Illustrated by Daniel Kirk2009, 32 PagesGenre: picture book, children's★★★★★Sam, the library mouse, is a writer and illustrator that shares his works with the patrons. One of those patron's becomes Sam's writing partner as well as his new friend. A super cute story taking place in the library.

  • Ashley
    2019-03-16 07:19

    I love that this book shows children how writing can be a multiple person process. This book will be useful to use during a writing workshop. Students can work in pairs or groups to "publish" a joint piece of work.

  • Peacegal
    2019-02-23 06:30

    This one’s just begging to be made into a second-tier animated movie. The story was Ok. The illustrations were Ok, if a little on the cheesy side. The children all have huge eyes, like those 1960s “Gig” paintings. Sam is cute, but he resembles a gerbil or kangaroo rat more than a mouse.

  • Pauline
    2019-02-20 05:17

    Wonderful story about collaborating to create the words and pictures...Robby loves the concept of being an illustrator!I didn't realize this was a sequel of sorts...I will have to go back and read the first Library Mouse.

  • Chanda Nichols
    2019-03-18 06:15

    This follow-up to the original Library Mouse is also a well-written story. I prefer the original one, but this one is very good too. The illustrations are very good. There are good messages in all the Library Mouse books. This one focuses on teamwork.

  • Shira Burns
    2019-03-07 12:43

    This book is about a library mouse and a young boy's secret friendship which ultimately develops into them creating a book together. This book could be used to help young children understand the difference between authors and illustrators.

  • Kristen
    2019-03-23 11:26

    Another library book on CD that we got for a long car trip. Great little story and the narration is good. (I didn't realize until just now that this is the second book in a series. Will check out the others.)

  • Molly
    2019-03-17 04:27

    I love the story about being friends. I love the illustrations. I love the titles of all these classic picture books. I think this may be better than the first. I still don't want a mouse in the library even if he does write great books. Ages 4+