Mouse Soup

by Arnold Lobel

Other authorsArnold Lobel (Illustrator)
Paperback, 1983



Local notes

R Lob




HarperCollins (1983), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 64 pages


A mouse convinces a weasel he needs the ingredients from several stories to make a tasty mouse soup.



Gouden Griffel (Vlag en Wimpel — 1982)


Original publication date


Physical description

64 p.; 9.02 inches

User reviews

LibraryThing member cmbohn
All of my kids, from age 10 to almost 15, still love this book.
LibraryThing member LanitaBostic
Mouse is sitting under a tree (reading a book) when he is captured by a weasel. The weasel is going to take the mouse home to make mouse soup. Before the weasel can make his soup, the very cunning mouse persuades him to add four very necessary ingredients (which happen to be stories) before cooking
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him up in his cooking pot. The weasel is so hungry, he does exactly what the mouse tells him to do. As a result of his eagerness to collect all of the ingredients for the mouse soup, the weasel is stung by bees and pricked by thorns. The weasel even has to step in icky, gooey mud (all while mouse watches). By the time weasel is done collecting the ingredients for his mouse soup, the mouse has escaped from the cooking pot.
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LibraryThing member mjhartley
Creative story about how a mouse finds his way home after almost becoming a meal. Funny and easy to follow.
LibraryThing member Necampos
Reading Level 2.5

Mouse Soup is a great story for any day. A little mouse out-tricks the weasel into not eating him. The mouse says his mouse soup will be better with some stories so he tells the weasel four stories, and tells the weisel he must go out and find the objects he talked about in his
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stories to put in the soup. The weasel falls for it and the mouse escapes. Meanwhile, the weasel gets stung, pricked, and muddy. Kids will laugh and love this story!
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LibraryThing member pocketmermaid
Not as good as "Mouse Tales," but still pretty darn good.
LibraryThing member SABC
A mouse convinces a weasel he needs the ingredients from several stories to make a tasty mouse soup.
LibraryThing member smetchie
Clever Mouse! Clever stories.

"Bees and Mud" is my favorite so far: A beehive lands on Mouse's head and he tells the Bees to fly away because he doesn't want a nest on his head. "Oh no!", they say. "We like your ears. We like your whiskers. We like your nose. This is a fine place for our nest!"
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Isn't that sweet? They want to stay because they like his ears. Mouse ears are the cutest!
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LibraryThing member cbs022
I would use this book to have the students predict what is going to happen next.
LibraryThing member Mmarcel2011
This is a very interesting book because the gol is to get the student to contiue reading. The mouse tells the weasel that inorder to make a great mous soup he has to get parts for other stories which requires the read the keep reading and read more.
LibraryThing member MiguelPut
An incredibly creative story, especially for a beginning reader.
LibraryThing member BriannaLee
I had mixed feelings about the book Mouse Soup by Arnold Lobel. The story focuses on a mouse that is caught by a weasel that wants to make soup out of him, but the mouse uses his wits as a storyteller to trick the weasel and get away. I liked the use of illustrations to represent the story but I
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disliked the way it was written due to its breaks in story telling and non-cohesiveness.
The illustrations in this book strongly help the reader identity with the story. They are drawn with enough detail that it adds a second dimension to the writing. Such as the illustrations represent the “Bees and the Mud” story arc, as each piece of art walks the reader through how the character; mouse; deals with his conflict of bees of his head. As the mouse tells his story the art shows him tricking the bees into a mud swamp that eventually forces the bees to depart their nest on his head. The best illustrations in this book come as we reach the end of the story and show just how the smaller mouse has outwitted the weasel. For example, as the weasel attempts to collect all the “stories” to complete his mouse soup it becomes clear, through the art, that the smaller mouse has won this David versus Goliath battle and escaped while the weasel is tortured for his stupidity.
My major dislike with this book however is the way it is written and presented to the reader. At the beginning of the story it feels like the writer wants to make it a straightforward adventure of this smaller mouse in conflict with a larger and more powerful foe, the weasel. But just as the conflict reaches its climax and the mouse it about to become the weasels meal the storyteller goes from direct to indirect and the mouse begins telling these ridiculous tales to buy himself time. I feel as a reader you become lost in these four different and distinct stories that you lose focus on the main conflict itself. The books main concept was to show how this small and insignificant mouse outwits his much larger predator and saves himself and yet at times it feels like nothing more then a fractured bunch of fable stories thrown into the middle of a standalone story arch.
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LibraryThing member CRoss13
I absolutely loved this book! Not only is it just a great story, but it is four mini stories that make up one larger story! In the book, there are large words and descriptive language. There is also great opportunities for shared reading because there are lines that repeat consistently. One of the
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set of lines that repeat is "We like your ears. We like your eyes. We like your whiskers." I also like this book because there are many messages that can be taken from it. One of the messages is about how people, or animals, have different points of view, and just because someone has a different point of view, doesn't mean they are lying. This is a great book for children and very enjoyable to read. The characters are easy to relate to. They illustrations in this book also enhance the text, especially for young children. They do a great job portraying the feelings of the characters in the story. I will have this book in my future classroom!
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LibraryThing member nmhale
In this cute and silly beginning reader, a young mouse is captured by a weasel who wants to eat him in his soup. To spare himself, the mouse borrows Scheherazade's trick and delays his fate with stories. He tells the weasel that everyone knows soup doesn't taste good without any stories in it, and
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tricks him into listening to four short stories. This set up creates a small anthology of mouse stories, which I appreciated because it is an unusual format to see in a beginning reader book. The stories are small, and the language is still simplified with easier vocabulary, so it is quite manageable for young readers. The four tales are short stories that use whimsy and humor to engage a child's attention, and all feature mice some way or other. Then, after sharing his stories with the weasel, the initial mouse wraps up the framing story by telling the weasel that to include the stories in his soup, he needs to add an object from each story. Of course, these items are painful or difficult to collect, and while the weasel is struggling to obtain them, the mouse sneaks out and heads back to his own cozy home, where he can finish his book in peace and safety. This is a nice, quick story that straddles the divide between beginning readers and beginning reader chapter books. It is an old classic in the children's literature world, but my daughters really liked it when we recently introduced it to them, so it has clearly stood the test of time.
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LibraryThing member fuzzi
How did I miss this one?

Cute set of stories told by a mouse in the spirit of 1001 Arabian Nights, but in an "I can read it myself" format. This one is headed for my granddaughters.

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