la petite souris

In my house we have been reading books about Ernest and Celestine by Gabrielle Vincent (over & over & over...)

The books are currently not in print but we were able to borrow a pile of them through our local library. If you cannot find copies at your local library, editions of some the stories are available here at Book Depository.


Hopefully, however, the new movie of Ernest and Celestine will spark a revival of these sweet books, and perhaps more will be reprinted. 


I watched this new movie a few weeks ago with my sons, and was not at all surprised to discover that the movie adhered neither stylistically nor thematically to the original books (except, of course, for the fact that both feature a childlike mouse & fatherly bear as main characters).  Still, the movie had a charm all it's own.

I was especially intrigued by the story element in the movie which involves mice who retrieve children's baby teeth which have fallen out.  I wondered whether this was a French tradition (similar to the tradition in other countries involving the tooth fairy) and so I did some research.

I learned that in many French and Spanish speaking countries it is indeed a mouse who comes to claim baby teeth which have fallen out.  In France the mouse is called La Petite Souris and in Spanish speaking countries he is called Ratoncito Perez.  If you're interested, you can read more about traditions around the world here, and click here to read about a museum in Madrid dedicated to Raton Perez!

And if you are craving yet more bear & mouse stories after reading this post, I recommend getting ahold of some of these books by Bonnie Becker. So funny. Love them.


  1. Hello Book {8>): 's
    Another great mousy series, possibly no longer in print, is the 'Church mouse series' (Graham Oakley). Just checked bookdepository and yes they are available. Enjoy la petite, Clare

  2. Thank you -- we always enjoy hearing about mouse stories! Some of our other favorites around here are Tumtum & Nutmeg, Cricket in Times Square and The Mousewife...

    xo to you dear Clare!

  3. Yes, I grew up with Raton Perez taking my teeth :)

    I keep meaning to write to say that my eldest adores your book and "reads" it all the time. Some very happy memories being made while reading Mama's book :)

    1. Dear Adriana -- How fun that Raton Perez took your teeth!

      And so glad that you and your eldest are enjoying the book. I hope the two of you will enjoy book #2 as much, when it is finally released. FYI -- there will be a blog tour with book-give-aways in February... I can hardly wait!


  4. Hello, I am french and i like your blog. If you want, I can post some books for Ersnet et CĂ©lestine for you but in french. There books were very good and the children live them.
    Sory for my English...


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