The Mouse Bride

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Cowley, Joy
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1995
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This version starts differently from other versions I know of the Mouse Bride story. Here it is about a mouse who hated being a mouse. Marrying someone strong is a way to overcome her being small and weak. At least she will have strong children. She--not her parents--sets out to find the strongest husband in the world--after she has donned her wedding veil. First she comes to a mountaintop close to the sun and asks the sun to marry her. The sun refers her to the stronger cloud. The illustrations personify each of these characters nicely. The sequence of references moves along from the cloud to the wind and to a tall wooden house. The latter is for me a new and added element. The house, once he wakes up, mentions a creature who nibbles and gnaws at his timbers. Of course this final creature is a mouse. Text and picture make the mouse into a plucky little creature with a lot of spirit.
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