Shrinking Mouse

written and illustrated by Pat Hutchins

In this comic view of spatial perspectives four animal friends notice that the size of distant objects seems to change depending on the location and movement of the viewer.

Fox, Rabbit, Squirrel, and Mouse are worried. As Owl flies off to a faraway wood, they watch him get smaller and smaller. As they do not want him to disappear, off they go to rescue their friend. Young readers will chuckle knowingly, once they realize that it is distance that is shrinking Owl and not anything sinister. The text is simple and sequential; the colorful pictures clearly represent the altered sizes of the animals in relation to their changes in position and distance.

"Oh, dear!" said Fox.
"Owl is shrinking again."
"Don't worry," said Mouse.
"I'm sure he'll be the right size when he comes back."