PreS-Gr 3 While Daddy Mouse naps on a rock at the beach, the tide comes in and, not knowing how to swim, he's stranded. His seven children must figure out a plan to save him, using their water tubes and some pieces of string. The illustrations, in watercolor with pen-and-ink details, feature mice who are adorable without being overly cute. Each of the mouse siblings has a special touch that allows readers to regard them as individuals. This accounts for much of the book's charm, and will be especially amusing to readers who are themselves members of large families. Daddy Mouse is always counting his children to keep track of them, which may inspire young readers to do the samea much more enjoyable process in this varied and lively format than it would be in most actual counting books. Readers may want to participate, also, by deciding how to accomplish the rescue along with the mouse children. These elements make Mice at the Beach an involving as well as amusing book. Liza Bliss, Fitchburg Youth Library, Mass.