Discoveries and Digressions: Mouse Books, Rats, and Backyard Science
It is amazing to me that mice are related to us through some common ancestor millions of years ago. There are many wonderful stories in the juvenile fiction area on mice. Animal stories are vehicles for us to look at ourselves as part of the network of biodiversity in our world. Closer to home, these books may move you to compassion when one of those rodents is chewing through your plumbing.
Barbara Wersba's Walter: The Story of a Rat.
What can make you appreciate even the company of well, a large rat? Wersba shows the process of acceptance between a writer and the one and only Walter.
Newbery Award winner Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh by Robert C. O'Brien is a classic. It's about a mouse who is seeking medicine for her sick mouseling. She risks her life to find escaped lab rats who had their DNA altered and can now read and cultivate food.
Mousenet, by Prudence Breitrose. On the 2013 Sunshine State booklist, Megan the "wild child" has to leave her mother and live with dad and his new wife. She is given a computer that is very small and keenly wanted by mice. It is more convenient than key hopping. Amidst all this Megan enlists the help of a boy who is too cool for mice.
The Stowaways, by Meghan Marentette. Rory is a mouse with the yen to discover things outside his territory. Overprotective since his grandfather disappeared, the family hardly lets him explore. Despite ignorance and prejudice, an adorable grandmother encourages Rory to find out the truth about grandpa.
Citizen Scientists: Be a Part of Scientific Discovery in Your Own Backyard by Loree Griffin Burns. Unique classroom science projects get center attention. One group discovers frogs with an odd deformity. Another group finds capturing ladybugs is easier when they are "chilled" in vials and photographed. No mice, but there are great resources listed in the back of the book.