Teacher Guide: The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary

Our guide takes you step by step through Beverly Cleary's classic tale of Ralph, an adventurous young mouse who lives with his family in a battered old hotel in the Sierra Nevada. He longs for a life of speed and excitement, and gets his chance when his new friend Keith shows him how to make a toy motorcycle go. Ralph quickly becomes a speed demon, but his reckless selfishness soon threatens not only his safety, but also his friendship with Keith. When the boy grows seriously ill, Ralph has the chance to save him. Will the young mouse learn to take a risk for the sake of someone besides himself?