- Paperback: 32 pages
- Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (Feb. 1 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0152001182
- ISBN-13: 978-0152001186
- Product Dimensions: 22.2 x 0.3 x 18.1 cm
- Shipping Weight: 159 g
- Average Customer Review: 24 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #13,541 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Mouse Paint Paperback – Jan 12 2001
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A gang of mice learns to mix colors and to count; the "naive charm and exuberance" of Walsh's cut-paper art helped earn Mouse Paint a spot among PW's Best Books of 1989. Ages 2-6; 4-8.
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"Walsh’s cut-paper collage illustrations have bold colors and just the right simplicity for the storyline. A real charmer that’s great fun as well as informative."--School Library Journal (starred review)
"Simplicity reigns in Walsh's brief tale, and a feeling of joyful discovery pervades her broad lines and expressive figures."--Publishers Weekly
--This text refers to the Library Binding edition.
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Three adorable albino mice (able to hide from clever cats by standing on white pieces of paper) come across three jars of pain. On is red, one is yellow, and one is blue. Thinking, in a typical mousy fashion, that the jars of paint are Mouse Paint, the three climb in. Next, they set about dipping their toes in other colors, creating whole new combinations. Thus, kids learn that when a red mouse does a jig in a puddle of yellow paint, his feet will eventually turn a bright cheery orange. By the end of the tale, the mice are painting all sorts of colors hither and yon, mixing and matching shades in all sorts of new and exciting ways.
The book is made from a series of cut-paper collages. You wouldn't necessarily know this when looking at it, however. These mice have verve and pep. Their puddle dances are lively and entertaining. There are subtle in-jokes, such as the mice washing themselves clean in a large bowl that reads, "CAT". And to top it all off, they're pretty darn cute to boot. Though I've seen good books explaining colors to kids, this is the best I've seen that explains how to create a new color out of the combination of two others. All in all, it's a good read and an entertaining one as well.
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