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  • Published: 15 November 2012
  • ISBN: 9780375845512
  • Imprint: RH USA Kids Mss Mkt
  • Format: Hardback
  • RRP: $26.99

Theodore and the Talking Mushroom


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Theodore, a little mouse, lives with a lizard that can grow a new tail, a frog that can swim underwater, and a turtle that can close up like a box. But Theodore has no special talents of his own. When he discovers a mushroom that says “Quirp,” Theodore tells his friends that this is the only talking mushroom in the world, and that “quirp” means that he should be venerated above all animals. The word spreads, and Theodore is bestowed with a crown—until the truth comes out. When his friends learn that they’ve been deceived, Theodore discovers that he does have a special talent—running away very fast!

This tall tale provides an excellent starting-point for discussions of honesty.

  • Pub date: 15 November 2012
  • ISBN: 9780375845512
  • Imprint: RH USA Kids Mss Mkt
  • Format: Hardback
  • RRP: $26.99

About the Author

Leo Lionni

Leo Lionni, an internationally known designer, illustrator, and graphic artist was born in Holland and lived in Italy until he moved to the United States in 1939. His picture books are distinguished by their enduring themes, graphic simplicity and brilliant use of collage. He died in 1999 at the age of 89.

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