Friday, October 7, 2016

Mrs. Betsy Fieldmouse Borrows an Egg
by Barbara Bockman
Illustrated by Elexis King

Barbara Bockman’s new picture book, “Mrs. Betsy Fieldmouse Borrows an Egg,” is a fun book that children, parents, and teachers will love. It’s a circular story beginning with Mrs. Betsy having secret plans to make a birthday cake for Mrs. Tillie Beaver. But she has a minor setback. In her own words:

“Oh, my twitchy whiskers! I don’t have an egg. I gave Mrs. Tillie my last two eggs yesterday. Now I must borrow one from Mrs. Eleanor Squirrel.”

Thus begins the sweet house to house saga of all the animal friends in Butterfly Crescent helping each other to achieve the ultimate goal of Mrs. Betsy’s birthday cake for Mrs. Tillie.

The story is charming and full of cute little sayings like “Oh, my twitchy whiskers,”  “Oh, my button nose,” “Oh, my floppy ears,” and more. Ms. Bockman’s word choices and each neighbor’s reaction will keep everyone happily turning the pages to see what will happen next.

The illustrations by artist Elexis King are precious. They’re in a style that I really enjoy, a simple, animated Folk Art style. It is quite effective in conveying the whimsy and fun of the story. It will charm the children as much as Ms. Bockman’s engaging story will entertain.

This delightful story is highly recommended for ages 4 to 7.

Reviewed by:
Penelope Anne Cole
Multi-Award Winning Author of Magical Matthew, Magical Mea,
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