About Two Mice in New York: A Holiday Adventure
The star to the New York Rockefeller Christmas Tree is missing. Visitors come from all over the world to see the tree, and without the star, it will not be the same. Join two French mice, Azura and Afrodille, as they map out a plan in New York City to search for the missing star.
Along with Madame Bella, the two mice make stops at Times Square, The Statue of Liberty, Central Park, and the Empire State Building in search of clues to find the missing star. The traveling companions even enlist the help of Frankie, a cool subway rat, and his rat pack, to help in the search. Enjoy a holiday adventure in “The Big Apple” that celebrates Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, and New Year’s Eve.
About Two Mice in London
Hop on a double-decker bus with two mice, Azura and Afrodille, as they see the grand sights of London, England.
Enjoy an adventure that takes the two mice from Paris to London to visit the famous sights of Big Ben, The London Eye, and Buckingham Palace. The two mice are reunited with Madame Bella and have a secret plan to meet the Queen. How will the mice get beyond the guards who protect the Queen’s palace to finally meet her?
Readers will not want to miss this London adventure filled with problem-solving and creativity.
About Two Mice at the Eiffel Tower
A mouse has never visited the top of the Eiffel Tower, let alone two mice.
Join Azura and Afrodille as they take a special tour of Paris, France. Azura and Afrodille create a plan to see the entire city from the top of the famous landmark, but will it actually work?
Enjoy an adventure that incorporates communication, critical thinking, creativity and collaboration skills.
About the Author
Donna Dalton is an educator with 40 years of school experience. Donna currently lives in Richmond, Virginia, with her husband, Bob, and her sweet dog, Bella. She is a mother and grandmother who loves to travel.
Recently retired, she wrote her first book, Two Mice at the Eiffel Tower, based on a visit to Paris over 20 years ago. Donna has built upon her travel experiences to write her second book in the Two Mice travel series, Two Mice in London.
Visit www.2-mice.com for lessons and educational resources for both books.
About the Illustrator
David Pfendler, a corn-fed Ohio native, was a one-time premed student and fashion designer. His images are created digitally, yet maintain a loose, hand-drawn feel. He has a fresh, graphic style that is well-suited for editorial and advertising. One of his great loves is working on childrens' books and graphic novels. The story is always the catalyst for his creativity and signature style.
21st Century Educational Activities
Use Two Mice at the Eiffel Tower
to Engage Children
Have students sit in a circle and give the students pictures of activities to do while in Paris, France. The first person begins a story that incorporates whatever happens to be on their assigned photo. The next students continues the story incorporating their picture. Pictures may include a visiting a museum, taking a big bus tour, eating lunch in a sidewalk cafe, riding a bike down the narrow streets of Paris, and more.
Use Two Mice in London
to Engage Students
Critical Thinking and Communication
1. Group students into three teams.
2. Identify the three problems that Azura and Afrodille encountered when trying to meet the queen. Make a photocopy of each of the problems from pages in the book and put each problem in the center of a piece of bulletin board paper.
3. Have students move to one of the three problems and discuss how the two mice could have successfully navigated that problem to turn it in to a successful solution that would allowed the two mice to meet the Queen. Have students write down their alternative solutions to the problem on the bulletin board paper.
4. Have students review problem and then present their alternative solutions to the class.
Use Two Mice in New York
to Engage Students
Each year, New York City hosts an event for the lighting of the Rockefeller Christmas Tree featuring a program of song and dance. Work with your classmates to plan your kickoff event for your own classroom tree (see next slide). What entertainment would be featured (consider songs, poems, creative dance, etc.)? Consider putting on a talent show for parents and guests highlighting your class tree and the holiday season (including Thanksgiving, Hannukah, Christmas, and New Years).