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One night in the library, Sam meets fellow mouse Sarah. Sam learns that Sarah is quite the explorer. She loves to scurry to the tops of shelves and explore the darkest corners of the building. Sam never climbs far up—he’s too afraid! He prefers to research subjects—such as exploration—and write about them. Sarah doesn’t know much about writing or research, but could readin One night in the library, Sam meets fellow mouse Sarah. Sam learns that Sarah is quite the explorer. She loves to scurry to the tops of shelves and explore the darkest corners of the building. Sam never climbs far up—he’s too afraid! He prefers to research subjects—such as exploration—and write about them. Sarah doesn’t know much about writing or research, but could reading and research help her learn more about the places she wishes to visit? Together this duo shows that, with teamwork, anything is possible.


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One night in the library, Sam meets fellow mouse Sarah. Sam learns that Sarah is quite the explorer. She loves to scurry to the tops of shelves and explore the darkest corners of the building. Sam never climbs far up—he’s too afraid! He prefers to research subjects—such as exploration—and write about them. Sarah doesn’t know much about writing or research, but could readin One night in the library, Sam meets fellow mouse Sarah. Sam learns that Sarah is quite the explorer. She loves to scurry to the tops of shelves and explore the darkest corners of the building. Sam never climbs far up—he’s too afraid! He prefers to research subjects—such as exploration—and write about them. Sarah doesn’t know much about writing or research, but could reading and research help her learn more about the places she wishes to visit? Together this duo shows that, with teamwork, anything is possible.

30 review for Library Mouse: A World to Explore

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kris - My Novelesque Life

    A WORLD TO EXPLORE (Library Mouse: #3) Written and Illustrated by Daniel Kirk 2010, 30 Pages Genre: picture book, children's ★★★ One night at the library, Sam finds out there is another mouse living in the library. Sam likes to write books for the patrons in the library, while Sarah likes adventure. Sarah takes Sam on an adventure in the library. I enjoyed this story but not as good as the first two. A WORLD TO EXPLORE (Library Mouse: #3) Written and Illustrated by Daniel Kirk 2010, 30 Pages Genre: picture book, children's ★★★ One night at the library, Sam finds out there is another mouse living in the library. Sam likes to write books for the patrons in the library, while Sarah likes adventure. Sarah takes Sam on an adventure in the library. I enjoyed this story but not as good as the first two.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Abigail

    Sam the library mouse returns in this third picture-book devoted to his adventures, this time meeting and befriending Sarah, another mouse who lives in the library, and who has a more active approach to exploring than Sam himself does. Although he enjoys the games of make believe that he and Sarah engage in, such as pretending to be ancient Egyptians, Sam's fear of heights at first prevents him from joining her in other expeditions. Fortunately, he is able to overcome his trepidation, and discov Sam the library mouse returns in this third picture-book devoted to his adventures, this time meeting and befriending Sarah, another mouse who lives in the library, and who has a more active approach to exploring than Sam himself does. Although he enjoys the games of make believe that he and Sarah engage in, such as pretending to be ancient Egyptians, Sam's fear of heights at first prevents him from joining her in other expeditions. Fortunately, he is able to overcome his trepidation, and discover a world waiting to be explored... Like its predecessors, Library Mouse and Library Mouse: A Friend's Tale , Library Mouse: A World to Explore pairs an engaging story with bright, colorful artwork. I thought it was an interesting choice, on author/illustrator Daniel Kirk's part, to contrast the exploration one can do through books and reading with that accomplished through play and "real" world activity, demonstrating in the end that both have their place. Recommended to fans of the eponymous Library Mouse and his many adventures, as well as to those looking for children's stories about overcoming one's fears, and getting out into the world to see what it has to offer.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Erin

    These are cute books. We've read a couple and they're pretty consistent three star books. Extra star because it's been months since we read a library mouse book and when my daughter saw this in the pile I brought home for her she remembered Sam's name! They must be quite memorable for a preschooler. :) These are cute books. We've read a couple and they're pretty consistent three star books. Extra star because it's been months since we read a library mouse book and when my daughter saw this in the pile I brought home for her she remembered Sam's name! They must be quite memorable for a preschooler. :)

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    A mouse comes to the realization that it's okay to live vicariously through books or writing if you still have at least one person, or in this case - a mouse, who thinks you're normal and will drive you to explore things in new ways. Moral of the story: "Be weird, kids! There's at least one crazy person that will be your friend out there somewhere, probably your mom!" A mouse comes to the realization that it's okay to live vicariously through books or writing if you still have at least one person, or in this case - a mouse, who thinks you're normal and will drive you to explore things in new ways. Moral of the story: "Be weird, kids! There's at least one crazy person that will be your friend out there somewhere, probably your mom!"

  5. 5 out of 5

    Donalyn

    Sam, the library mouse, loves to go on adventures in the pages of books, but he is nervous about exploring the world until his new friend, Sarah shows him that readers and writers are explorers, too. A great book for showing young readers the fun of researching topics that interest them.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kristine

    This was a good book but I didn't enjoy it as much as the first book in the Library Mouse series. Sam learns that he can be an explorer just like those in the books he reads and I think that's something that many kids will find inspiring. This was a good book but I didn't enjoy it as much as the first book in the Library Mouse series. Sam learns that he can be an explorer just like those in the books he reads and I think that's something that many kids will find inspiring.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Cosette

    This book set off warning bells in my head as I read. Why? Just too many boundaries being tossed aside - which may work for a mouse, but how does that relate to kids?

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Smith

    Library Mouse A World to Explore is a children's picture book intended for children four to eight years of age. This story takes place in a library. Two mice, Sam and Sarah, each explore the world (which is the library) in their own way. Sam prefers to explore by reading books while Sarah prefers to explore by actually visiting different locations. The story shows how people can be friends even though they share different views and may have different personalities. I was disappointed in the plot Library Mouse A World to Explore is a children's picture book intended for children four to eight years of age. This story takes place in a library. Two mice, Sam and Sarah, each explore the world (which is the library) in their own way. Sam prefers to explore by reading books while Sarah prefers to explore by actually visiting different locations. The story shows how people can be friends even though they share different views and may have different personalities. I was disappointed in the plot, I was expecting more, maybe since Sarah gave Sam's way of exploring a chance that Sam would do the same with Sarah's way of exploring. The story itself was long. I felt that the ending could have happened much sooner than it did. When a story is too long and when there are too many words the intended audience will lose interest. The illustrations are beautifully done with gouache on water color paper. The illustrations stand out with so much text on each page. I don't think this would be a favorite among young readers. The story and plot are too long and there are too many words. The illustrations are nice but not nice enough to captivate the intended audience. Throughout the story, the reader can point out World Wonders such as the Egyptian Pyramids, The Great Wall Of China, and The Eiffel Tower in France.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Portable

    This third book in the Library mouse series has worked really well in our K2 Structures Unit, but it s a great starting point for discussing research methods, taking action, asking and answering questions, and being a risktaker. At first I was concerned that its length made it a little beyond our kindergarten students, but having read it to K2 classes, they really enjoyed it, and the combination of a compelling story and bright, detailed illustrations definitely held their attention. Worth buyin This third book in the Library mouse series has worked really well in our K2 Structures Unit, but it s a great starting point for discussing research methods, taking action, asking and answering questions, and being a risktaker. At first I was concerned that its length made it a little beyond our kindergarten students, but having read it to K2 classes, they really enjoyed it, and the combination of a compelling story and bright, detailed illustrations definitely held their attention. Worth buying the series for reading together at home! Library Mouse loves researching things in the library, but when he meets a new friend, Sarah, he is pushed beyond his comfort zone in order to find out by exploring high up shelves. He conquers his fear by using the knowledge he has gained through reading, and together they both learn from one another. Marvelous!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Rubi

    Sam found a new mouse friend in this story. She wasn't very literate but he showed how to research and they learned about the world. I like how they implemented some of what they read to have real life experiences....a good book always leads us to want to do or see or experience something. But, I also like that it shows that just because someone isn't brave enough, doesn't mean they're not knowledgeable. People just like to experience things differently, and that's okay. Another cute book by Mr. Sam found a new mouse friend in this story. She wasn't very literate but he showed how to research and they learned about the world. I like how they implemented some of what they read to have real life experiences....a good book always leads us to want to do or see or experience something. But, I also like that it shows that just because someone isn't brave enough, doesn't mean they're not knowledgeable. People just like to experience things differently, and that's okay. Another cute book by Mr. Kirk

  11. 5 out of 5

    Altivo Overo

    Sam the library mouse has read all about the world outside the library, but is too timid to even climb to the top of the higher shelves. When he meets Sarah, a more adventurous mouse from the other end of the library, can she convince him to go exploring? Read and find out. Daniel Kirk has created a fine character in Sam, one who will inspire readers to explore both their own abilities and the world around them.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Carissa

    Great illustrations. Cute story. I picked this up because it had two of my greatest loves in it...a Jeep and the library! You can always find an adventure at the library and go anywhere you want to go!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Milton Public

    So the guy who does research is scared to go out and do things for himself? The librarians are offended. Also, other than saying that books are fun, this book doesn't do much in terms of illustration or text. So the guy who does research is scared to go out and do things for himself? The librarians are offended. Also, other than saying that books are fun, this book doesn't do much in terms of illustration or text.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Rani

    Meet the library mice who have fun doing some #research and #adventure in the library.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kenson and kirra

    I liked this book. it was pretty cool to hear the story of how sam met sarah. we have one more library mouse book to read. i'm excited. I liked this book. it was pretty cool to hear the story of how sam met sarah. we have one more library mouse book to read. i'm excited.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Monique S. (The Ginger Librarian)

    This is such a cute picture book series for children!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Arnetha

    Sam meets fellow mouse name Sarah. Sam learns that Sarah is quite the explorer. She loves to scurry to the tops of shelves and explore the darkest corners of the building. 🌟🌟🌟🌟😊

  18. 4 out of 5

    Lydia G

    Sweet iillustrations.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Marcia

    This is a sweet little book about a shy mouse who loves to do research in the library. I wasn't crazy about the illustrations, but you could certainly build some fun library lessons around this one. This is a sweet little book about a shy mouse who loves to do research in the library. I wasn't crazy about the illustrations, but you could certainly build some fun library lessons around this one.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Rick Christiansen

    Book 1 and 2 were special...book 3 didn't execute. Book 1 and 2 were special...book 3 didn't execute.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Kim Mccutcheon

    Book Title: Library Mouse: A World to Explore by Daniel Kirk Short description of book: This story is the continuation of Sam the mouse and his adventures in the school library (LOVE this little character). Sam discovers a friend in another mouse in the library. Her name is Sarah and she is quite adventurous (moreso than Sam). Sarah pushes Sam out of his comfort zone and stretches him to try new things. Sprinkled in this book are great nuggets like: writing about adventures, reading and researchi Book Title: Library Mouse: A World to Explore by Daniel Kirk Short description of book: This story is the continuation of Sam the mouse and his adventures in the school library (LOVE this little character). Sam discovers a friend in another mouse in the library. Her name is Sarah and she is quite adventurous (moreso than Sam). Sarah pushes Sam out of his comfort zone and stretches him to try new things. Sprinkled in this book are great nuggets like: writing about adventures, reading and researching different topics, friendship, and overcoming fears. At the end, Sarah challenges Sam to explore life outside the library (there is a great inference here about maybe another book to follow). Teach: I want to list a couple of other uses before I offer my plan. I could see using this for a read aloud to help students learn to research, and explore topics about friendship. For this lesson, I would like to focus on themes in narrative stories. I would present an anchor chart with themes and explain to students that when authors write that their stories often contain themes (or the message of the story). Tell students to listen in as you read Library Mouse: A world to explore. Find a stopping point after several pages (after meeting Sarah) and model thinking aloud about how adventurous Sarah is. Tell students to listen to the rest of the story and listen in for what they think the message might be in this story. I would have a few different options on the board written down for my first graders (to help introduce this for the first time). After reading, show the students the choices for the theme: a. friends are great to have b. the library can be fun or c. sometimes friends can help you get over your fears. Talk about each option and have students turn and talk with a partner about which one of these is the message. (This could also be used during your reader’s workshop minilesson time). Tell students that just like Daniel Kirk uses the theme of overcoming your fears, that they too, can write and include a message in their story. I would create a class story together (a time when we were all afraid- pick some common moment that you all shared). You could also pick other themes like: courage, honesty (pick something you have experienced together as a class in order to model and create this class story). During the week, have students create a list of themes and push them to think about creating a story using one of these with a character (or with themselves). Expected Outcomes: Students will be exposed to themes (during reader’s and writer’s workshop). Students will create a list of possible themes from the stories we read in writer’s workshop and reader’s workshop). By the end of this unit, students should write a short story with a main character overcoming adversity (overcoming fears, honesty, etc.). The teacher could create a class book with the final published piece to share at home with their parents. (place on construction paper, laminate it and create a cover and bind it). CCSS W1. 3 and 1.5: Students will write narratives in which they recount two or more appropriately sequenced events, include some details regarding what happened, use temporal words to signal event order, an provides some sense of closure. W1.5: With guidance and support from adults, focus on a topic, respond to questions and suggestions from peers, and add details to strengthen writing as needed.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Laurie

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Horn Book (Spring 2011) In his third story, timid library mouse Sam meets Sarah. This female daredevil, also a library-dwelling rodent, scales bookshelves in pursuit of adventure. The story's ill-concealed message comes to light as the new friends learn that adventure can be found both inside and outside of a book. Some of the bold gouache pictures are stiff; others help boost excitement using varied perspectives. Publishers Weekly (July 19, 2010) Sam the library mouse is content reading and writi Horn Book (Spring 2011) In his third story, timid library mouse Sam meets Sarah. This female daredevil, also a library-dwelling rodent, scales bookshelves in pursuit of adventure. The story's ill-concealed message comes to light as the new friends learn that adventure can be found both inside and outside of a book. Some of the bold gouache pictures are stiff; others help boost excitement using varied perspectives. Publishers Weekly (July 19, 2010) Sam the library mouse is content reading and writing about far-off places and events. When he meets Sarah, a daring mouse from the other side of the stacks, Sam is happy to pass on his book knowledge. But when Sarah tries to share her love of exploring the highest shelves, Sam struggles between his fears, Sarah's encouragement, and his own desire to be brave. Sam's realization that "readers and writers are explorers, too" is refreshing, but it's Sarah's response-"just think of the books you could write if you really got to see the world!"-that gives this story depth. Ages 6-9. (Aug.) Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information. School Library Journal (November 1, 2010) K-Gr 3-Sam the Library Mouse is back in this gentle story about facing fears and learning new things. He meets Sarah, a library mouse from across the stacks with a taste for adventure. She introduces him to the wonder of exploration while he shows her the joys of traveling through books and research. Students will relate to Sam's reluctance to try dangerous things and delight in Sarah's winsome enthusiasm for daring escapades. The gorgeous, bright gouache illustrations are meticulously detailed and expressive. The story is an excellent way to introduce research to the youngest patrons, which, according to Sam, is "how you find out about things." This visually appealing offering fits beautifully into the library curriculum.-Nicole Waskie-Laura, Chenango Forks Elementary, Binghamton, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Samantha Chinn

    Sam is a library mouse who lives behind the children’s reference books. One night while taking a stroll through the shelves and looking at the “Discover Our World” display a mouse named Sarah falls into his path from a parachute. She says she climbed all the way to the top of the world display and jumped. Sam is amazed at her bravery and shows her some of the amazing places that the world display features. Sam and Sarah love looking at all the places around the world and they even dress up as th Sam is a library mouse who lives behind the children’s reference books. One night while taking a stroll through the shelves and looking at the “Discover Our World” display a mouse named Sarah falls into his path from a parachute. She says she climbed all the way to the top of the world display and jumped. Sam is amazed at her bravery and shows her some of the amazing places that the world display features. Sam and Sarah love looking at all the places around the world and they even dress up as the pharaohs of Egypt. Then Sarah sees a neat display at the top of the tallest shelves and wants to climb up but Sam is too afraid. Sarah climbs up first and pulls Sam up by a rope. Once at the top they find an airplane model and jump in even though Sam is very nervous. Once in, the rope snaps and the airplane wizzes through the air and once it lands Sam runs away to hide. Sarah has to find Sam and convince him there are all kinds of explorers, even readers and writers can be explorers. Sam is soothed and Sarah and him go off to find another adventure within the books. This book is good for younger audiences who are more interested in the worldly, reference books at the library. The book does a good job at showing how interesting and adventurous books can be about far off places, even if you can never see those places first hand. The book is appealing because there are not many books that focus on the reference side of children’s literature and it would be an important book to implement into my display because of this. Kirk, D. (2010). Library mouse: A world to explore. New York: Abrams Books for Young Readers

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kaylee

    I really liked this book! I love the illustrations, the colors are very bright and vibrant and the illustrations are very detailed. I love the story of the Library Mouse and his adventures.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Megan Cureton

    This story was about two mice that each had different interests. Sam, loved reading books and learning about different things, he was also scared of heights. Sarah, on the other hand, loved being adventurous and taking risks and climbing way up high to the tops of things. They each end up teaching each other than their interests are both fun, and they learn things from each other. It was cute in the end, when Sam made a book of their research and adventures they have done together. I don't think This story was about two mice that each had different interests. Sam, loved reading books and learning about different things, he was also scared of heights. Sarah, on the other hand, loved being adventurous and taking risks and climbing way up high to the tops of things. They each end up teaching each other than their interests are both fun, and they learn things from each other. It was cute in the end, when Sam made a book of their research and adventures they have done together. I don't think I would read this for a read aloud book. I thought the images were really nice and bold and colorful, but I feel like the story is lacking some. I thought it told a great lesson of how you should be open to trying new things and taking risks with your friends, but I just wasn't over the top over this book. Maybe if I did read this book to some students, I could have them tell me a time when they tried something new that they were afraid of, but after doing it, it wasn't so bad. Or maybe just they just tried something new in general they didn't know about because their friend liked to do it, so they tried it too and liked it. I would have this book in my library in my classroom because I feel the students would enjoy this story and like reading about their adventures they went on in the library. It also had a great way of showing children to try new things and be open to trying new things.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    Although I have a stupid irrational fear of mice, Library Mouse: A World to Explore is an excellent book to add to the library curriculum. Library mouse shows how there are some different forms of research. I would strongly suggest reading this to 1st-3rd graders who are beginning to learn about research. This story really teaches what research is and even how to do it (to some extent). Sam likes to do research and go on adventures through reading about different things and places. Sarah likes t Although I have a stupid irrational fear of mice, Library Mouse: A World to Explore is an excellent book to add to the library curriculum. Library mouse shows how there are some different forms of research. I would strongly suggest reading this to 1st-3rd graders who are beginning to learn about research. This story really teaches what research is and even how to do it (to some extent). Sam likes to do research and go on adventures through reading about different things and places. Sarah likes to do research by experiencing things. Both are excellent ways to do research, but together so much learning can take place, which is what happens with Sam and Sarah. The pictures in this book, which are made with gousche on watercolor paper and are very vivid and add to the story. I like how some of the pictures are more from a mouse's perspective. It really shows how big a library would be to a little mouse. I think the audiobook version was not my favorite. I felt the narrator, Chris Sorensen, did not have enough of a variation between the characters' voices. If I were not reading along with the book, I would get confused as to which mouse was speaking. Except for the fact that this library has multiple mice in it, I would love to work in this library, and hope my library can be that exciting.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Gabby

    Sam is a little mouse who lives in the library. He loves to read books about adventures and explorations, and one night when he was reading, he meets another library mouse named Sarah. Sarah loves to explore different parts of the library, especially the top shelves that Sam has never even considered climbing up to. Together Sam and Sarah go to places in the library they had never seen before and bravely embark on fun adventures that Sam writes about on his own. I think this would be a great st Sam is a little mouse who lives in the library. He loves to read books about adventures and explorations, and one night when he was reading, he meets another library mouse named Sarah. Sarah loves to explore different parts of the library, especially the top shelves that Sam has never even considered climbing up to. Together Sam and Sarah go to places in the library they had never seen before and bravely embark on fun adventures that Sam writes about on his own. I think this would be a great story for young readers, from second grade and lower, because it has simple language, attractive pictures, and Sam and Sarah are relatable main characters. Sam is shy and likes his comfort zone, while Sarah is brave and likes going on adventures. This would be a good tool to teach students that it is okay to try new things, like going to school for the first time, and about bravery. It would also be a great way to get children excited about the library and reading books, and I would use it to show the students to explore and read books they may not have thought of picking up before, and to be open to learning new things. Kirk, D. (2010). A world to explore. New York: Abrams Books for Young Readers.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Savannah Harpster

    One evening in the library, Sam meets another mouse named Sarah, the adventurer. Sarah is all about roaming high up in the shelves, leading her to far off places she wants to visit. Sam on the other hand never adventures into the shelves especially, on top of them because he is a afraid. He would rather read about things and write about them instead. Sam does however show Sarah that by reading books you can still have fun adventures. So in return Sarah shows Sam that actually going on adventures One evening in the library, Sam meets another mouse named Sarah, the adventurer. Sarah is all about roaming high up in the shelves, leading her to far off places she wants to visit. Sam on the other hand never adventures into the shelves especially, on top of them because he is a afraid. He would rather read about things and write about them instead. Sam does however show Sarah that by reading books you can still have fun adventures. So in return Sarah shows Sam that actually going on adventures and taking some risk is really worth doing. This book is an adorable little story for children to get excited about libraries and reading books. This will be great for children first entering school and those that have never been to a library. I would thus use it to show children how to expand their minds for learning new things by sharing a book every other day to the class, then later on taking them to the library to explore the shelves for themselves

  29. 5 out of 5

    Britteny Gilge

    Sam was a mouse that lived in the library. At night he liked to explore the world through books that he found at the library. One night he met Sarah. Sarah loved adventures and tried to get Sam to climb and explore like she does. Sam is hesitant to try something new, but with the encouragement of his friend he tries it. They see many fascinating things on their trip. In the end they realize that even though Sarah climbs and wonders, and Sam just read books that they are both explorers. This book Sam was a mouse that lived in the library. At night he liked to explore the world through books that he found at the library. One night he met Sarah. Sarah loved adventures and tried to get Sam to climb and explore like she does. Sam is hesitant to try something new, but with the encouragement of his friend he tries it. They see many fascinating things on their trip. In the end they realize that even though Sarah climbs and wonders, and Sam just read books that they are both explorers. This book would be a great book to use to explain to kids that even though they might not be able to go to certain places, they can learn about them and get a better understanding of what those places are like by reading about them. Just like Sarah and Sam said, “we’re both a couple of explorers and we never even had to leave the library”!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Tricia

    Just my humble opinion...when peer pressure from the more adventurous mouse leads library mouse into a situation which he wishes to avoid ("you're not afraid, are you?" she asks!), not once in this book but TWICE--it may be time for library mouse's author to re-assess the franchise. Rather than using these situations as an opportunity to establish confidence of library mouse by standing up to peer pressure, the author plays off these situations with the explanation that library mouse never met a Just my humble opinion...when peer pressure from the more adventurous mouse leads library mouse into a situation which he wishes to avoid ("you're not afraid, are you?" she asks!), not once in this book but TWICE--it may be time for library mouse's author to re-assess the franchise. Rather than using these situations as an opportunity to establish confidence of library mouse by standing up to peer pressure, the author plays off these situations with the explanation that library mouse never met anyone like Sarah the explorer mouse before...to the point where I needed to share with my child that it's okay to say "no" when people encourage you to do something that you don't want to do! Didn't like this book! Rarely give this low of a rating but felt compelled to do so in this case.

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