Basil of Baker Street (The Great Mouse Detective) – Books to Read

The Great Mouse Detective - Basil of Baker Street by Eve Titus: Review and Activities*This page contains affiliate links. Please read our disclosure policy for more information.

The Book

Title: Basil of Baker Street
Author: Eve Titus
Age Range: 6-9 years
Grade Level: 1-4

Basil of Baker Street (also known as The Great Mouse Detective) was first published in 1958.  Amazon now carries a republished version, as well as many more in the series. Basil is the star sleuth in this detective novel, with his sidekick Dawson. Both are mice living in the cellar of Sherlock Holmes’s house on Baker Street in London. They are soon approached by Mr. and Mrs. Proudfoot, a pair of mice parents whose young twin girls have gone missing.  Basil is quick on the case as he and Dawson set out to discover what has happened to Agatha and Angela.


My Thoughts

I have always loved a good mystery. The copy I picked up at my local library was titled “Basil of Baker Street.”  It wasn’t until I arrived home that I made the connection between this book and Disney’s The Great Mouse Detective.

This story is such a cute read.  I love how the author made Basil into a mouse version of Sherlock Holmes.  If you have a young detective in your home, this series is sure to entertain.  Some words may be a little more difficult for today’s reader, but it’s an excellent opportunity to grow vocabulary!

Since the twins are kidnapped by strangers, this also provides us as parents and teachers another chance to reinforce who strangers are, what kids can do when approached by a stranger, what steps to take if they are lost, as well as other concepts surrounding this topic.

As a side note, the movie The Great Mouse Detective, does not follow this book; however, the characters are based off the five books in the series.

Resources for Teaching




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The Adventures of Danny Meadow Mouse

The Adventures of Danny Meadow Mouse Teaching Guide

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The Book: The Adventures of Danny Meadow Mouse

The Adventures of Danny Meadow Mouse was written by Thornton W. Burgess in 1915.  Danny Meadow Mouse isn’t happy with how short his tail is, but soon realizes the benefits as he narrowly escapes encounters with Reddy and Granny Fox, Hooty the Owl, and Redtail the Hawk.  Peter Rabbit and Danny have a lot in common and find ways to lend each other a hand when they each have troubles of their own in the Green Meadows and Farmer Brown’s Orchard.

We are in the process of putting together an ebook which will include a question guide to help reading comprehension and prompt discussions.  Once the ebook is available for purchase, we highly recommend using the guide side by side with the website.  Below you will find some other resources available to help you teach the moral lessons from this story, as well as online activities and book suggestions.

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Thornton W. Burgess not only filled his stories with scientific knowledge about animals, he also gave his characters attributes and situations that help us teach about moral character.  Each book contains a variety of traits that can be turned into discussions about proper behavior and attitudes.

Visit our character traits page to learn more.

ActivitiesResources

A meadow mouse is also known as a field mouse or meadow vole.  Read more about this rodent here.

Paper plate mouse craft
Mouse coloring pages
► Make a mouse bookmark
► Read Mouse Count and follow up with this activity or sensory bin idea
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M&M predator and prey game
Animal survival adaptation lesson and activities
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Handprint owl craft
Letter M mouse craft for preschool
Chocolate kiss mouse craft
Fox and mouse group game
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