Whitefoot: The Story of a Wood Mouse

Whitefoot: The Story of a Wood Mouse

By: Robert M. McClung
Published by: William Morrow & Company
Publication Date: 1961
Series: Robert McClung's Animal Life Cycle Series

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Deep in the spring woods a little brown-and-white mouse bravely carries our her role as protector of her young in the drama of survival. She rescues her family from the deadly clutches of a hungry skunk, but later loses three of her babies to forest enemies—the fox, the weasel, and the blacksnake. When the two surviving young mice are five weeks old, they are ready to take care of themselves.

Whitefoot spends a precarious winter alone. One night, while searching for stored nuts in an abandoned hole, she is surprised by one of the fiercest, though smallest, of all forest animals—a short-tailed shrew. Cunningly, Whitefoot wins the battle and gets away. After other narrow escapes, spring comes again at last. A full year of her life has passed, and Whitefoot finds a new home, to get ready for another family.

Poetically brought to life with unusual perception and superb illustrations, Whitefoot is an impressive addition to Mr. McClung's life-cycle series.

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