How Many Mice?

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Michael Garland brings a clever collage technique to this bright, cheerful tale that incorporates counting and simple addition and subtraction. Ten hungry mice set off on a hunt to find food for a celebration. In true mouse fashion, they collect berries and acorns and corn. But—uh-oh!—along the way they drop two ears of corn, lose four cherries to greedy crows, and scatter their tomatoes running from a fox. So the tireless mice have to make up the difference. Will they ever get to enjoy their feast? Spotting ...

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Overview

Michael Garland brings a clever collage technique to this bright, cheerful tale that incorporates counting and simple addition and subtraction. Ten hungry mice set off on a hunt to find food for a celebration. In true mouse fashion, they collect berries and acorns and corn. But—uh-oh!—along the way they drop two ears of corn, lose four cherries to greedy crows, and scatter their tomatoes running from a fox. So the tireless mice have to make up the difference. Will they ever get to enjoy their feast? Spotting objects and counting them along with the mice will engage sharp-eyed youngsters.

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K-Gr 2
This counting book depicts 10 mice who are out collecting food. They encounter obstacles on the way that cause them to drop some of it. As the story progresses, readers are asked to identify the numbers of cherries, acorns, ears of corn, etc., after each incident. However, the questions are occasionally confusing. For example, "How many pieces of food fell into the stream?" could be interpreted differently due to the placement of items. The questions are in small font and obscurely placed on each spread. The appealing mixed-media collages of scanned fabrics provide interesting patterns and textures, but are a bit busy for a counting book.
—Jessica LamarreCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Kirkus Reviews
Garland cleverly turns a foraging expedition by ten hungry mice into a math and counting lesson for young readers. Under the cherry tree, each rodent picks up a cherry, but when they cross the meadow, some crows steal four of them. "How many cherries do the mice have now?" The ten continue making the rounds of their stomping grounds, finding new food and encountering new hazards and predators. Each spread challenges readers to count, do mental math or search the illustration for a specific item. Garland's illustrations are an amazing array of textures and colors. The mice seem made of gray and pink terrycloth, the leaves of green plaid fabric and the tree trunks of brown carpet. All these visual stimuli will lead youngsters to avidly search the pictures for the mice and their items of food. A boon for educators teaching word problems, this is sure to be a hit with every child who likes to seek and find. (Picture book. 3-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780525478331
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 5/17/2007
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 11.02 (w) x 10.46 (h) x 0.39 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Garland is the author-illustrator of many popular picture books. He lives in Patterson, New York.

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