On a warm summer day in northern Michigan, a family of mice find their way to Mackinac Island, the “jewel of the Great Lakes,” to start a new life. Tag along and enter a world of whimsy in A Mouse Tail on Mackinac Island.
Join the family–Father Mouse, a lover of cheese; Mother Mouse, a singer of lullabies; Max Mouse, a collector of stamps and Millie and Maizy Mouse, sweet little babies–as they search for the perfect home. What adventures will they have? Where will they live? What dangers will they encounter? With vibrant illustrations and a charming story, A Mouse Tail on Mackinac Island will capture both your heart and imagination.
From Modern History Press
I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy from Beck Valley Books. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.
This is a cute story about a mouse family that moves to Mackinac Island. Once there, it takes them a few tries before they find a home. The hotel they end up living in is perfect especially since they’re accepted by the owner.
I was excited to get A Mouse Tail on Mackinac Island to share with my grandkids. My parents spent their honeymoon and 25th anniversary at Mackinac Island, and this is the perfect book to share stories about my parents’ experiences there. As a child, I was always fascinated about an island with no cars allowed.
The mouse story is fun to read, and the illustrations help it to come alive. There are a few words that young readers may not be familiar with, but they are highlighted, and the meaning is given at the bottom of the page (example is in the first excerpt).
Enjoy these excerpts!
About the Author
Summer Porter grew up in Southern Michigan but her favorite moments were spent on Mackinac Island visiting her family. Summer was an elementary school teacher for over 25 years and it should not be a surprise her favorite subject to teach was creative writing. Her passion for writing has led to 3 published magazine articles and multiple poems and short stories for family and friends. Summer also dabbles in art, golf, and searching for adventures in Michigan, Colorado and Arizona. Summer had the pleasure of working with her talented niece, Maggie Chambers, on this book. This is Summer’s first published children’s book, but it will not be her last!
About the Illustrator
Maggie Chambers grew up drawing, painting, and creating on Mackinac Island. After graduating from Mackinac Island Public School, she studied graphic design and new media at Alma College, and earned her BFA in 2015. Since then, Maggie has lived and worked in Washington, DC as a multidisciplinary designer and visual artist. She spends her summers on Mackinac Island, which remains a significant source of inspiration for her art and a place that keeps her inner child alive and well. This is Maggie’s first illustrated children’s book.
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“Soon to become a Mackinac favorite – make way for this amusing and entertaining story. Whimsical illustrations, filled with recognizable details, engage the reader throughout this thoughtful book. Who wouldn’t want to join the little Mouse family on an island adventure?”–Jennifer Powell, author and illustrator, What I Saw on Mackinac
“Maggie Chambers and Summer Porter have created a fun and colorful adventure of a family of mice all readers will enjoy – and, like a bite of island fudge, A Mouse Tail on Mackinac Island will prove very satisfying!” –Jim Bolone, co-author, The Dockporter
“Magnifying the little things in life, A Mouse Tail on Mackinac Island is a charming story told with an educational twist. Heartwarming characters, a unique setting and glorious imagery will make this book a family favorite and Mackinac Island staple.” — Kate Dupre, local artist and proprietor, Watercolor Cafe
“This charming children’s book captures the essence of Mackinac Island. A classic ‘tail’ for people of all ages that will spark a sense of wonder for years to come.” –Mayor Margaret Doud, city of Mackinac Island.
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