Mouse Count

Mouse Count

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by Ellen Stoll Walsh

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Count to ten - and back again - with these charming mice and watch them escape from the hungry snake. Toddlers will enjoy this exciting story and learn about numbers in a sturdy board book version of a bestseller.


Count to ten - and back again - with these charming mice and watch them escape from the hungry snake. Toddlers will enjoy this exciting story and learn about numbers in a sturdy board book version of a bestseller.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A gang of mice learns to mix colors and to count; the ``nave 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. (Mar.)
Children's Literature - Susie Wilde
This book is new to board book format. It tells a simple story of survival of the fittest, with subtle concepts underneath. This combination makes for a book that can be shared for a number of years. It has wonderful illustrations that both parents and children will enjoy. 1995 (orig.
Children's Literature - Sharon Salluzzo
The lap-sized board book is approximately the same size as the original hardcover. Because of the thick pages it is actually heavier. But then again it is also sturdier. Some little mice who are playing in the meadow decide to take a nap. While they are sleeping a snake comes along and begins to put them into a jar for his meal later. One at a time he adds the "little, warm, and tasty" mice: one, two, three, etc. He thinks there are enough when he reaches ten. One fast-thinking little mouse says there is another big mouse nearby. Being greedy, the snake leaves to fetch the big mouse. Alas, it is only a rock. While he is gone, however, the little mice rock the jar and escape. Walsh's lively collage mice and the snake that seems to slither from one page to the next are truly engaging. It is a welcome title in this sturdy format.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-- A slithery snake finds ten sleeping mice that he thinks will make a delizacious meal. He pops them into a jar . . . ``one, two, three.'' But, being greedy, he sees just one more hidden in the grass and goes to collect it. The ten little captured mice outsmart him, however, and--``ten, nine, eight . . . ''--uncount themselves as they scramble from the jar and run home, safe and sound once again. Children will delight in this counting game that is couched in an exciting, original story. They will cheer for the resourceful, bright-eyed, tiny mice as they escape. The torn paper collage and tempra illustrations are lively and depict the story's unerring drama through an unclutterd form and line. Each page displays a neatly framed illustration that complements the progression of this anticipatory story. Readers will be intrigued by the sleek blue snake and his whimsical, earth-toned captives. A concept book that lures children into the learning process through drama and ultimate satisfaction. --Mary Lou Budd, Milford South Elementary School, OH

Product Details

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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Edition description:
First Edition
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Product dimensions:
8.75(w) x 7.12(h) x 0.15(d)
Age Range:
2 - 3 Years

Meet the Author

ELLEN STOLL WALSH is the author-illustrator of many popular books for children, including the successful Mouse Paint and Mouse Count books. She lives in upstate New York.

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Mouse Count 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
We have purchesed this book from Chapters, the book is defected doesn't provide the end. We don't know what happened to mice after they started to rock the jar... Instead we have repetition of rhe part with snake going to get the big mouse... It is so hard to dig out the receipt from accounting office. Please, send us if possible the correct book could be used Appreciate your business The George Hull Centre OEYC Etobicoke Ontario 620 The East Mall M9B 4B1
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great little board book for learning about counting and teamwork. A pick for the holiday book drive. Fun pictures and a neat little story with a counting and teamwork lesson.