Family is the most important thing in the world, and Chowder, the little field mouse, knows this better than anyone. He lost his real family when his home in the garden was accidently destroyed. However, he was lucky enough to be saved by a loving human family, who brought him into their own home and raised him. This is how Chowder also got a brother – Copper, the dog. Now, he is happy, grateful to be part of a wonderful family, and ready to explore the world.
“The Extraordinary Life of Chowder the Field Mouse” by author Maria Schell Burden is an adorable book for children of ages 3-5. It tells the story of a little orphaned creature who gets a second chance at love and happiness. While the text is fun and easy to read, the illustrations drawn by Katelin Cole are brightly colored and engaging. They render the story very well, and the younger readers will spend hours looking at them. The book is perfect as a bedtime read, and it offers parents a great opportunity to spend quality time with their children, read the story and look at the pictures together, then discuss about the lessons they have learned from the story.
Chowder and Copper are two fun characters kids will love from page one. They go on exciting adventures together, and they discover the world and learn about the most important things in life: family, friendship, and trust. The way they interact teaches children they have to love and appreciate their brothers and sisters if they have them, because not everyone is lucky enough to have a sibling. They should always share, offer them the best things they have, support them and, most importantly, be there when they need them. This is exactly how the relationship between Chowder and Copper works, and it is perfect.
“The Extraordinary Life of Chowder the Field Mouse” was actually inspired from real life. As strange as it may sound, both Chowder and Copper are real. The author wrote this story after her own grown son told her he had saved a baby mouse and took him home. Now, the real Chowder has his own exercise ball and even goes on vacations with his new family. When he wants to wake up Copper, he bumps into him, and when his mother and father call him, Chowder actually runs to them. Children will adore the story of the little field mouse, and they may want a pet of their own if they don’t already have one.