Friday, February 21, 2014

Please join Annie Mouse celebrate the release of her new book: Annie Mouse's Route 66 Family Vacation! Saturday, March 15, From 1:00pm to 3:00pm EDT

Join Annie Mouse as she shares the adventures of her family's first family vacation- a Route 66 road trip! Annie keeps a journal as the family travels Route 66 westward from Illinois to California, visiting relatives, landmarks and attractions. The Mouse Family grows closer as a family while they gain first-hand knowledge of the United States. 
This chapter book, intended for school-aged children, can be enjoyed in conjunction with Annie Mouse’s Route 66 Adventure: A Photo Journal (2011). The reader can view the actual photographs of the various places the Mouse Family visits, while enjoying the story in this volume. 

My review
I loved everything about this story. The visuals are great and the writing is not only smooth and natural but written with heart throughout. There are so many lessons taught without it coming across preachy or boring. I found this story to be touching and at the same time entertaining. Even as an adult I found myself enjoying the adventure and often couldn't stop myself from laughing out loud. 

Annie Mouse is endearing and heart warming. I wish I had a child to share this tale with. I do a ton of reading but few as fun or entertaining as this. In a way this story seemed old fashion with such beautiful wholesome family values. Something we seem to be missing these days. There is just so much to be appreciated in this one book. So much more than the simple love of travel and adventure but I have to say I learned things that I have never been taught before. More than anything, even history, this book teaches and reminds us to be grateful for what we have, here and now.

This is the kind of book that you would want to savor slowly with your children so they can appreciate the spectacular scenery and the education that comes with such an expansive road trip.


Anne Maro Slanina, Ph.D. is an educator and mother of two adult sons, who have blessed her with three grandchildren. She has been a kindergarten teacher, K-12 Reading Teacher and Gifted Education specialist. She currently writes books for children, ages 3-10. She is an early childhood expert and dedicates her life to preparing others to become teachers as a tenured faculty member at an institution of higher education in Pennsylvania. She specializes in literacy and social-emotional issues (bibliotherapy). The books are written from the perspective of young children, drawing on her personal experiences as a mother, educator, and Route 66 traveler. She encourages parents and teachers to read books WITH children to gain insight into how children think and feel, help them build empathy, and guide them into working through life's every day challenges. She wants parents to know that in today's technological world, young children need assistance understanding the world around them.
Her hobbies include playing both the hammered and mountain dulcimers and traveling. She is a Route 66 enthusiast and personally took all of the photographs included in Annie Mouse's Route 66 Adventure over a six year period.
The Adventures of Annie Mouse picture book series include:
Annie Mouse Meets her Guardian Angel (print editions and e-book)

Baby Brother Goes to the Hospital (print editions and e-book)

Annie Mouse Meets a New Friend (print edition and e-book) 

Where the Rainbow Touches Ground (print edition and e-book)  

Twitter @anniemousebooks  


  1. Sounds like a very interesting person. Wonderful book covers. The dulcimer is one of my favorite instruments, too. And Route 66? Goes without saying.

    1. Thank you George. Anne writes beautiful stories for children that I rather enjoy myself. Learned so much about the famous Route 66

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