In this delightful children’s picture book, Little Mouse goes on an adventure in search of something sweet. He meets lots of friends along the way that share treats with him, but none are quite right. He is disappointed until he arrives home and realizes his Mommy baked the sweetest treat just for him – cookies!
When my first son Grayson started walking, he would walk around with the cat’s toy, which was a little mouse and we say “eek, eek; little mouse is hungry.” This was my premises on writing this particular story about the little mouse. The colorful, illustrations were painted in water-color by my beautiful and extremely talented cousin Jennifer Finch. Jennifer is an amazingly self-taught artist and owns a wall mural business in Windsor, Virginia.
Praise for Little Mouse’s Sweet Treat
“I absolutely love the book.”
“Wonderfully written and beautifully illustrated.”
“A terrific and enjoyable book for small children that will spark their curiosity and imagination.”
“I love this book—story and illustrations.”
“I love reading this book to my 2 year old… I will be purchasing this book for gifts to other children, knowing they will love it too.”
“Sure to be a well loved and treasured book for the little ones for years to come.”
“Such a cute book that my toddler and I both enjoy!”
“A must have if you have children, they will absolutely love it.”
“I highly recommend this book.”
“I loved this book from beginning to end.”
“My kids absolutely loved this book!”
“This is the cutest book I’ve read in a long time.”
Media, Blog, and Professional Reviews
Story Monsters Ink Magazine October 2017 Issue
“Perception! A single act or application, and yet it can produce multiple interpretations. Little Mouse is hungry for a sweet treat and sets out to find one among his friends. Each quickly responds to Mouse’s query with a definite yes, but Mouse also quickly learns everyone has their own interpretation of sweet. His fun adventure, like most, leads him right back where he started: home. Where life is truly sweet.”
Times Union Book Review
“I found this book to be a ‘fast read’ which is a great feature as the age group the book is geared towards isn’t known for their patience! The author uses simple sentence structure and short paragraphs in an effort to keep her young readers’ interest. The author also uses rhyme, repetition, and onomatopoeia to help her young readers predict what will happen. She does a nice job using questions to create a journey for the mouse and thus move the plot along. The problem in the story is spot on – what child doesn’t like sweets – and therefore children will be able to identify with mouse’s dilemma easily. The mouse shows persistence which is an important trait for children to learn in order to accomplish goals. I also loved the illustrations – they didn’t make the pages busy – and I found the colors were soothing.”
Suzy Approved Book Reviews
“Little Mouse’s Sweet Treat is an adorable children’s picture book with wonderful illustrations. The mouse has fun adventures meeting different animals and gets a special snack from each of them. It’s a great book to read aloud and each page has a flowing rhyming. Since I do not have young kids, my teenage son also read and approved the story. It would make a great gift and it contains plenty of site words to help early readers. It is also a great addition to a children’s library.”
Bob Richley, Children’s Book Author
“What is one thing you would like your children to learn to do early in life? As a parent of 2 young girls, a 17-month-old and a 3-year-old, I want them to learn to share. Sometimes they do, but it is usually a toy they don’t want. If we have 2 similar toys and one has a dead battery, my 3-year-old will share the one with the dead battery while she plays with the one that works. More often, they fight over one toy. The 17-month wants whatever her older sister has and the older sister is unwilling to share. If the 3-year old wants something that the 17-month-old has, she just takes it away and the 17-month-old cries. Daddy is trying to teach the 3-year-old to hold out an open hand when she wants something and trying to get her to freely share. When they fight over a toy, Daddy often takes the toy away. Sound familiar?
Reading stories is one of the many tools I use to teach my children values. I believe is discussing the moral lessons and I am happy to read stories to my kids which present good examples of morals. The story, Little Mouse’s Sweet Treat by Shana Hollowell and illustrated by Jennifer Finch, presents examples of sharing. Little Mouse wants a sweet treat and so visits friends asking for a treat. All are willing to share, but Little Mouse doesn’t like what they offer. Eventually, Little Mouse returns home and receives a sweet treat from Mommy that he does like. With each visit, a parent has the opportunity to ask their child, “will the character share?” When the friend does share, a parent can ask follow-up questions like “Why?” or “How does the character feel?”
I have baked cupcakes and cookies with my 3-year-old daughter. She is really excited to help and probably more excited to have the sweet treat. The wonderful thing about baking is that she must wait for the baking to be done before she can eat. It’s a lesson in patience as well as helping. Little Mouse exhausts himself searching for a sweet treat and doesn’t get one until he returns home. Parents can use this example as a lesson in patience. Also, it shows that Mommy understands best of all what her child likes. This offers a chance to teach a child that parents want to do what is best for a child.
The story is very simply written in a sing-song rhyming style. Young ears will appreciate the rhymes and the consistency of the story, but the real value for parents is the opportunity to teach values such as sharing, patience, and a parent’s love.”
Christine Cruz, Children’s Book Author
“I loved this book from beginning to end. The illustrations are wonderful. As a Teacher I found Little Mouse’s Sweet Treat a great introduction to animals. Preschoolers everywhere will love this book.”
Thrift Books Review
“This is the best children’s picture book I have read in a long time. It is so cute! The author knows what toddlers and preschoolers like. There is a snail that follows little mouse on his journey and my kids love finding it on each page. The story rhymes perfectly and has a good rhythm so it is easy to read. The illustrations are beautiful and look like a painting. I highly recommend this book.”
Readers’ Favorite 5 Stars Review
“Little Mouse’s Sweet Treat by Shana Hollowell is a delightful story where readers are introduced to Little Mouse who wants to eat something sweet. He bids goodbye to his mother and goes off to the woods to see his friend, the Bear. He hopes he will get a sugary snack there. The Bear only has honey and Little Mouse finds it yucky and runny. He then goes to Bunny who offers him clover. Little Mouse is not happy with that as he thinks clover is too lucky to eat. He decides to go to the Dog who offers him his master’s pie. But Little Mouse is not happy with that either. The Dog tells Little Mouse to go to the Cat but there he does not get anything he likes. He goes to all his friends but none of his friends has anything sweet to eat. He goes back home disappointed. Will Little Mouse finally get his sugary snack?
The story is educational, informative, and adorable and it not only introduces young readers to different types of animals, but also teaches children what foods different types of animals eat in their habitat. The illustrations breathe life into the story and scenes and give good pace and movement. It is an excellent bedtime storybook and it will be a fun read in classrooms for their read aloud sessions. The author’s lyrical way of expressing and the rhymes will appeal a lot to readers and make this a fun read.”
James A. Cox, Editor-in-Chief, Children’s Bookwatch Magazine October 2017
“Little Mouse goes on an adventure in search of something sweet. He meets lots of friends along the way that share treats with him, but none are quite right. He is disappointed until he arrives home and realizes his Mommy baked the sweetest treat just for him – cookies! The collaboration of author Shana Hollowell and illustrator Jennifer Finch, “Little Mouse’s Sweet Treat” is an original and charmingly delightful children’s picture book for babies, toddlers and preschoolers. While unreservedly and enthusiastically recommended, especially for family, daycare center, preschool, elementary school, and community library picture book collections for children ages 4 to 6, it should be noted that “Little Mouse’s Sweet Treat” is also available in a paperback edition (9780997878509, $8.99) and in a digital book format (Kindle, $4.99).”
Vanessa, Educate.Empower. Children’s Blog
“What lengths do your children go to to grab themselves a sugary treat? The little mouse in this book travels all over his neighbourhood to find a delicious sweet snack meeting different animals and their taste buds along the way. A sweet, simple, fun and engaging story, Little Mouse’s Sweet treat will not only engaged your child it will also expose them to rhyme. Rhyming is one important aspect of learning to read so having these types of books read out loud to your child is setting them up for an easier path when learning how to read. The watercolour illustrations are beautiful and my three year old loved looking at what the different animals were doing as the mouse spoke to them. My one year old niece asked for the story to be read over and over again, enjoying the pictures, the sing song of the rhyme and the curiosity to see what the mouse ended up eating! Little Mouse’s sweet treat is a lovely read for younger children and one which early readers will also like to read out loud.”