A Mouse Tail on Mackinac Island by Summer Porter and Maggie Chambers

Review by Sharon Brunner

In the book  A Mouse Tail on Mackinac Island written by Summer Porter a family of mice travels to Mackinac Island in search of a new home. Father Mouse is known for his love of cheese. Mother Mouse wore a white apron and sings lullabies. Max the oldest son collects stamps. The twins, Millie and Maizy, enjoy eating, sleeping, and crying. The family hid in a bale of hay on a ferry as they travel to the island. When they arrive on the island, they discover the delicious smell of fudge and the musky smell of horses. The streets are bustling with activity.

The first place they decide to stay is a library. Next, they try to stay at a post office. Max is happy with this choice because of his love of stamps. The Mouse family faces danger in both places. A dockporter spot the desperate Mouse family and offer them a solution to being homeless. The owner of the Windermere Hotel welcomes the Mouse family and gives them jobs they relish.

The author and illustrator provide the reader with a loveable family who seeks a suitable place to live on Mackinac Island. The vivacious illustrations and enchanting story are endearing and spark the reader’s imagination. The use of actual places and people entice interest in such a historic location, a place where horse-drawn carriages and bicycles are the only modes of transportation.


Imprint:  Modern History Press
Author:  Summer Porter
Illustrator:  Maggie Chambers
ISBN-13:  PB 978-1-61599-654-4 / HC 978-1-61599-655-1 / eBook 978-1-61599-656-8
List Price:  PB $ 18.95 / HC $ 29.95 / eBook $ 4.95
Trim:  8.5 x 11 (38 pp)
Audience:  5-8 years
Pub Date:  05/01/2022
BISAC:  Juvenile Fiction/Animals/Mice, Hamsters, Guinea Pigs, Etc.
Juvenile Fiction/Travel
Juvenile Fiction/Transportation/Boats, Ships & Underwater Craft

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