Autumn is in the air when Mouse sets out to gather nuts from the distant nut tree she has spotted from her hilltop home. Heedless of her friends' warnings about a storm, a tractor, and some dogs, Mouse makes her way to the tree, but she is disappointed with what she finds. When she returns home, however, her friend Gull is waiting for her with a pleasant surprise. With her dramatic text, Paula Gerritsen ratchets up the suspense for readers and listeners 4 to 8, while her delightful mixed-media illustrations present a "mouse's-eye-view" of the world.
"The pencil-and-pastel illustrations are charming, displaying the textures and colors of fall and the foreboding energy of the storm. Gerritsen effectively contrasts the tiny mouse with the large expanses she must travel. And even the vast spreads include small details tucked away for curious eyes to discover."—School Library Journal