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Friendship Free Library 1 E P Juvenile Fiction Book
Savona Free Library 1 PIC PRE Juvenile Fiction Book

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"Aberdeen never meant to leave the yard in the first place. BUT a balloon floated by anda. He is suddenly off on an unexpected adventure! Before long, Aberdeen follows his whims and fancy to unknown territory, a little too far away from home - and from mama. Who doesn't know the feeling of one thing leading to another leading to another - until you're not quite sure how you ended up where you did? Aberdeen's adorable antics will have readers excited to see where he lands next, and on the edges of their seats as he searches for a way back home."

Author Notes

Stacey Previn lives with her family in Oak Park, Illinois.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Aberdeen, a small, brown mouse, has an adventure when he can't resist following a floating balloon out of his yard. When his tail gets tangled in the balloon's string, he flies away with it only to fall in the mud when it pops. He gets cleaned off and wanders into the forest to eat acorns. An owl frightens him, but Aberdeen scares it away and then runs to his mother, who gives him a big hug and a mild admonishment for worrying her. Softly shaded watercolor illustrations most with spare detail make it easy for even the youngest of readers to follow the sequence of events. There is nothing seriously threatening here, nor are the scenes too scary the worst thing to happen is that Aberdeen has worried his mother. The result is a gentle cautionary tale, far more comforting than menacing. On the final page, the reassuring atmosphere is accentuated by the mice tails, which form into a heart shape when the mother and child hug.--Enos, Randall Copyright 2016 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

Excuses offered by erring children often start, "I didn't mean to, but..." Previn (Find Spot!) structures her story around this time-honored formulation as a mouse's unwise choices lead to an exciting adventure. Aberdeen's outsize ears hang down as he reaches for the string of a red balloon: "Aberdeen didn't mean to leave the yard. But a balloon floated by, so he followed it." Things escalate: "Aberdeen didn't mean to fly away. But his tail got tangled in the string." Fortunately, after a muddy landing, an acorn snack, and a scare with a large owl, Aberdeen finds that he's not far from home. His mother deals gently but pointedly with his transgression. "I didn't mean to make you worry," Aberdeen protests. "I know, sweetie," she replies. "But you did." It's an oddly scolding closing note, but otherwise the story hums along, and Previn's watercolor vignettes focus the action while emphasizing Aberdeen's mouse-size point of view. The message about making excuses is clear, but the story offers another lesson, too: sometimes, the offer of adventure is just too good to pass up. Ages 2-5. Agent: Steven Chudney, Chudney Agency. (Aug.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 1-Aberdeen is a little mouse who doesn't mean to leave his yard but is drawn to explore the world when a balloon dreamily floats by and captures his attention. This adorable and expressive creature will delight readers as they follow his adventures from one yard to another. Aberdeen floats over dandelions and finally lands in a nearby forest where he searches for his mother and his way back home. Aberdeen's bucolic world is brought to life by Previn's bright and vivacious watercolors. The tale is easy to follow, and the excellent text-to-image ratio allows readers to decode words with ease. VERDICT This wonderfully illustrated story will delight emerging readers and make a fine addition to any picture book collection.-Maria Alegre, The Dalton School, New York City © Copyright 2016. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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