Mary Pfaff, acclaimed as “the Beatrix Potter of Hawaii,” was born about 1875 in Brockton, Minnesota. At the age of twenty-two, she moved to Hawaii to work at the Hawaiian Gazette. There she met and married local businessman William Apana. Mary wrote and illustrated the Alice Mongoose stories to entertain their young daughter Mildred. William arranged to have Mary’s delightful sketches and stories printed as hardcover books. With this reissue of the original stories, a new generation of children can enjoy Alice and Alistair’s adventures on Hawaii’s Hamakua Coast.
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When little Alice Mongoose moves to Hawaii, she soon makes friends with Alistair Rat — and together the pair explores her new home. "A gentle children’s book featuring delightful animal characters for fans of Beatrix Potter."
Alice Mongoose and Alistair Rat love to eat. And they love to cook together. Naturally, they decide to open a restaurant. How much fun it will be! But on opening night, Alice and Alistair find that things don't go exactly as they planned. Fortunately, their wise friend Pennie Pueo the owl helps them find a solution!
It’s Alice Mongoose’s first Christmas in Hawaii. She misses her family and is resigned to spending the holiday alone. Alistair Rat would love to spend Christmas with his best friend Alice, but he’s afraid that Alice has more exciting things to do than spend time with a solitary rat. Fortunately, the outspoken Cordelia Canetoad knows just what to do!
Mongooses and rats are supposed to be natural enemies. But when Alice Mongoose sails to Hawaii's Hamakua Coast and meets the gentle and dapper Alistair Rat, she knows that she has found a friend in her new Hawaiian home. The Alice Mongoose and Alistair Rat stories are classic tales of adventure, resilience, and friendship, beloved to this day by children of all ages.