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Mabela The Clever

Mabela The Clever

Spring 2001 Picture Books
Ages: 4 - 8 yrs.
Author: Margaret Read MacDonald
Illustrator: Tim Coffey
ISBN: 0-8075-4902-9
Hardcover Price: $15.95
A delectable spine-tingling tale about some mostly foolish mice and a clever cat that has crafty dinner plans for them. Placing the intended victims in a straight line, the Cat brings up the rear, promising the hapless mice that once they march into the forest they will be inaugurated into a secret Cat Society. The one rule for the outing is "Remember, you must never, ever look back!" Luckily, the smallest mouse, Mabela, who is leading the others, soon realizes that the Cat's voice is getting closer and closer, after each singing of "the secret Cat Society song" they've been taught. Remembering four wise lessons her father taught her, Mabela saves herself and her captive friends (bagged by the villainous cat) - just in the nick of time! An ingratiating cautionary tale.
Selma G. Lanes   ©2001 Parents' Choice

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