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Three Nice-Mice Birthdays

Shlomit Cohen-Assif
AGE: 3-5

"Everyone likes something different," says Mother Mouse, and hints that everyone must respect the other even if the other`s taste is different from one`s own. This is the conclusion to which Shlomit Cohen-Assif is working in this story, which describes three birthday parties celebrated by three mice: Pico, Mamoula and Yul Yul. All three parties are similar but slightly different, and the third is the happiest and the most pluralistic of all.
First is Pico. He loves wearing yellow hats, and when he invites all the mice to his birthday party, he announces that everyone must come wearing a yellow hat. When Mamoula the mouse arrives wearing a red hat, the doorman refuses to let him in. Mamoula is offended and goes back home. Time passes, and when Mamoula`s birthday draws near, he announces that the guests may wear hats of all shapes and in all colors. But what will Yul Yul do? He hates hats and arrives at the party without a hat. "A hat makes the head happy, and if the head is happy – the whole body is happy," say the mice. But Yul Yul claims that his whole body is happy only if his heart is happy. And so, when his birthday comes around, he invites all the mice without any conditions. Multitudes of mice come to his birthday party, and the sounds of joy and the dances can be heard for many miles around.

Illustrations: Bhairav

English translation available (for publishers only)

Cohen-Assif Three Nice-Mice Birthdays
Title Three Nice-Mice Birthdays
Author’s Last Name Cohen-Assif
Author's First Name Shlomit
Genre children-picture bk
Publisher (Hebrew) Sifriat Poalim
Year of Publication (Hebrew) 1991
No. Pages 34 pp.
Book title - Hebrew (phonetic) Mesiba Be-Gan Ha-Achbarim
Representation Represented by ITHL


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