Mabela the Clever

by Margaret Read MacDonald, illustrated by Tim Coffey
“In the early times, some were clever and some were foolish. The Cat was one of the clever ones. The mice were mostly foolish.” But one little mouse, Mabela, had been taught by her father to be clever. By listening, looking, speaking carefully, and moving quickly, she even outwits the clever cat and thus saves her whole mouse village. MacDonald’s delightful re-telling of a traditional Limba story teaches children the importance of learning from one’s elders. Coffey’s vivid illustrations perfectly support the upbeat storyline. Recommended for ages 4-8.
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