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Title: Mabela the Clever
Author: Margaret Read MacDonald
Illustrator: Tim Coffey
Genre: Picture Book / Folktale
Age level: PreK-Grade 2
32 pages

“In the early times, some were clever and some were foolish . . .” Which are you?
          I know you don’t always listen to what your parents tell you, and neither did Mabela mouse . . . until it was almost too late.
          The Cat invited all the mice to join the secret Cat Society. The mice were very excited. Except it wasn’t really a secret club. It was a trap!
          Read Mabela the Clever to find out how her father’s advice saved her and all her friends. And remember: be careful who you believe.
          Crisp illustrations, bright colors, and a fun, rhyming text—which also is a game—add to the story. Based on a Limba tale from Sierra Leone.

MacDonald, Margaret Read. Mabela the Clever. Morton Grove, IL: Albert Whitman, 2001.