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Mouse Count
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I loved Mouse Paint and thought I would like this one as well. It's a good book and I don't regret buying it, but not as good as Mouse Paint. Throughout the book the snake is putting mice in a jar with the intention of eating them. Each time he finds some mice they're described as "little, warm and tasty." I leave this part out when I read it as I'm afraid it may be disturbing to my 14 month old as she starts to understand more.
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on June 18, 2002
This book was one of our son's first 2 books, so it will always be special to me. Initially he didn't care for it, and would always push it away when I tried to read it to him. But as he approached 12 months old, he began liking the book more and more, especially the counting parts. When I got to the part that reads "10,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1 - the little mice uncounted themselves and ran home" he would usually start laughing.
The artwork is simple but effective. The background is white, while the foreground is composed of solid colors. I think this works because the pages aren't cluttered with background art, so the child can focus on what is happening with the snake and mice. And even with the simplistic style, the cuteness and cleverness of the mice comes through clearly.
The storyline is fun. Some mice fall asleep and are captured by a snake and placed in a jar. But due to the snakes greediness (he always wants one more mouse) the mice find a clever way to escape. So as a child gets older, the moral of the story can be emphasized rather than the counting.
I would definitely recommend this book. It has held our son's attention for several months now, and believe me, that's saying alot!
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on June 12, 2000
This book uses a narrative format to introduce the numbers oneto ten, and then count back down again. A hungry snake finds tennapping mice and drops them one by one into a jar for safekeeping. "First I will count them and then I will eat them up," said the snake. "Mouse Count! One... two... three..."
The mice wake up and convince the snake that he needs one more mouse, a very large one that they point out to him. While the snake goes to capture the other mouse (which is really a large gray rock), the mice tip the jar over. "Ten, nine, eight, seven, six, five, four, three, two, one." The mice uncounted themselves and ran home.
The text is easy enough for a beginning reader, and the uncluttered illustrations make counting easy for beginners, too.
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on November 18, 2002
Having heard several times that this book and its companion, Mouse Paint, were clever and fun reads for children, we got this book, but I was pretty disappointed. While the artwork is charming, the premise of the story is that sleeping mice are being stored in a jar to be eaten later by a snake. Like another reviewer, when reading aloud I skip the snake repeatedly describing them as "little, warm and tasty". The idea of the mice cleverly escaping and then counting down as they escape is good, but I don't find that the "counting up" is particularly well done, so that children don't necessarily develop a better understanding of counting or numbers. To be honest, our toddler likes the book, so I've given it three stars, but IMHO there are much better books for children out there.
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on August 29, 1998
My 4 1/2 year old daughter loves this book that she discovered at preschool. We bought a copy for our house and she "reads" it frequently. It's a well written easy-to-follow story for this age group with cute pictures. We love the way those clever mice outsmart the snake. It also teaches counting and adding skills. It never occurred to us to teach our daughter to count backwards. Thanks to "Mouse Count" she can now count to 20 forward and backwards.
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As a preschool teacher I like this book.
Far from the snake's description of the imprisioned mice making it inappropariate for children: it is a good moral lesson! Don't be greedy! It is also not a problem because mice are on earth to be food for the snakes and the preditors are not "bad" animals; there are just fulfilling their role in the ecology.
I don't like it as much as "Mouse Paint" but it is a fine counting book.
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on July 2, 2003
My three year old son loves this book even more than Mouse Paint. Despite previous reviewers' concerns about the mice being described as "little warm and tasty," this part makes my son laugh the most. He loves counting backwards, tipping side to side to mimic the mice as they tip the jar, and repeats the moral to the story on a regular basis.
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on June 7, 2001
My kids love Mouse Paint, so we got Mouse Count, too. This one just doesn't hold their interest near as much. There's less action, I guess, and it is much less imaginative. We were disappointed.
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on July 27, 2014
Great for teaching math!
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