Bless This Mouse by Lois Lowry follows the exploits of the 220 mice that live in the Saint Bartholomew’s church led by the matriarchal Mouse Mistress Hildegarde. The lovely tale beautifully llustrated by Eric Rohmann gives a intriguing overview of the organization required to house that many creatures in a single building and gives a different perspective on the difficulties of coexisting unseen with humans. Threat of extermination and the annual recurrence of the “Blessing of the Animals” day shake up the previously comfortable existence of the tiny residents who are forced to temporarily relocate and to brainstorm a solution to the deadly traps being set for them. Ably led by their fearless matriarch, the mice work together to solve the challenges being set for them.
A beautiful tale that combines education and entertainment. The various parts of a church are described and defined and various other vocabulary words are defined and sprinkled throughout the tale. The interaction between the mice and the mild power struggle for leadership is fascinating while the logic involved in the relocation of more than 200 creatures and solving the hazards facing them is creatively depicted. A teaching story that is interesting without being didactic and boring.