Mice on Ice

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Thought-provoking visual illusion and characters that are bright, bold, and original accompany a text that is pleasing to the ear, yet just right for the newest reader.

Mice skate on ice. As they skate, their blades leave lines that depict a cat. Magically, the cat appears, colorful, graphic, and three-dimensional. What happens next? Why, the cat and the mice skate together!

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Overview

Thought-provoking visual illusion and characters that are bright, bold, and original accompany a text that is pleasing to the ear, yet just right for the newest reader.

Mice skate on ice. As they skate, their blades leave lines that depict a cat. Magically, the cat appears, colorful, graphic, and three-dimensional. What happens next? Why, the cat and the mice skate together!

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The father-daughter duo whose wordplay and bold geometric splashes of color have given a fresh and funny spin to such favorite folktales as Chicken Little and The Red Hen, brings stylistic verve to a second mouse-centric entry in the I Like to Read guided reader series, following The Lion and the Mice. Bundled in bright winter gear, a group of rodents with kaleidoscope-like eyes straps on skates and takes to gliding on the local pond. Soon the curves and loops they’ve etched in the pale blue ice form the outline of a cat that comes to life and joins in the skating. This fantastical turn of events (not to mention lucky, considering the typical cat-mouse relationship) gives a dramatic spark to the clipped text: “What is that?/ That is a cat./ That is a cat with a hat./ The cat with a hat skates with mice on ice./ Nice!” The stocking-capped crew—all with crisp whiskers and unfurling tails—makes for an exuberant tableau against a dark sky dotted with snowflakes in scenes created digitally and with cut paper. Ages 4–8. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
The wintry adventures of mice dressed in elaborately patterned outfits are related in brief, simple sentences in this volume of the "I Like to Read" series. Across the double pages the mice walk on snow; then they skate on ice. "Mice on ice look nice." The large typeface and few words per page make for easy reading as we follow the mice. Their skating is interrupted by a large cat, filling the double page. But this cat, with a hat, is no threat. It simply joins the mice on the ice. "Nice!" The happy rodents skate around the cover, making merry in their digitally manipulated cut paper collage outfits and starry eyes. Decorative cut paper snowflakes fill the dark blue end pages with anticipation of the wintry scenes to come. A fine white line on the ice suggests their skating movements and then gives warning of the approaching cat. But all ends happily. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-This very simple story is filled with rhyming and sight words perfectly suited to children just starting to read on their own. A group of colorful mice discovers an ice rink and have fun swirling and whirling around. The little creatures take a break from their skating and look down to see the pattern their skates have made and realize that it looks like a cat. The feline comes to life, filled with color, and joins the mice in their skating adventure. The illustrations, in the trademark style of the Emberleys, are vibrant, geometric, and playful. Each spread has bright pictures and one line of text. This layout highlights the simple words as well as the art, which makes this book a good hybrid of a traditional easy reader and a picture book. A charming choice for winter sharing.—Lora Van Marel, Orland Park Public Library, IL
Kirkus Reviews
The latest collaboration from the father-and-daughter team is nice indeed. Beginning with its title, this very beginning reader employs a controlled, rhyming text to tell the story of mice who strap on ice skates and joyfully glide across the ice. Bright, colorful cut-paper and digital illustrations adopt a perspective that enables readers to see the increasingly intricate tracings left on the ice by the skates. Then, three successive pages read, "Someone is waiting. / What is this? / What is that?" and careful readers will see that the marks of the tracings have come together to look like the outline of a cat's face. Rather inexplicably, the page turn then reveals a cat in full color, accompanied by the words, "That is a cat." Ensuing pages show the cat merrily skating along with the mice, who don't seem to be the least bit afraid. "The cat with a hat skates with mice on ice. / Nice!" read the concluding lines, putting a cheery, if not particularly exciting, end to the book. An accessible, inviting title for brand new readers. (Picture book/early reader. 4-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780823429080
  • Publisher: Holiday House, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/14/2013
  • Series: I Like to Read Book Series
  • Sales rank: 521,618
  • Age range: 4 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Rebecca Emberley has written and illustrated more than thirty books for children, including The Lion and the Mice, an I Like to Read book on the Holiday House Fall 2011 list.

Ed Emberley, the recipient of a Caldecott Award for Drummer Hoff, has created many for children, including The Lion and the Mice, a collaboration with his daughter, Rebecca.

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