Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse: Leo Lionni

Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse

Author/Illustrator: Leo Lionni
Publisher: Pantheon
Publication Year: 1969
Brief Summary: Alexander longs to become a wind-up mouse like his friend Willy, until he finds out that Willy is about to be thrown away.

Awards, Honors and Prizes:

Ideas for using this book in classroom or library:

  • What is your favorite toy?  How long have you had it and why is it your favorite?  Write and illustrate a story about it.  Would you ever given it away?  (Or maybe it replaced something you loved as a child?)
  • What are some things we can do with toys that we have outgrown?  Older kids can watch Toy Story (1-3)…  What might your toys say to one another if it came to life?
  • Why does Alexander want to become a wind-up mouse?  Do you think Willy prefers being a wind-up mouse or a real mouse?
  • Why do you think Alexander made the wish that he did at the end?  (Selflessness.)  What would you have done?
  • Read Velveteen Rabbit.  What similarities and differences do you see between the two stories?

Brief notes on curriculum connections/content learning standards/Common Core/etc.

  • Text-to-self connections
  • Text-to-text connections

Special features included (if applicable) — index; timeline; author’s notes; further reading; etc.
Accessed at:  Signal Mountain Library

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