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Fourth of July Mice! Hardcover – May 24, 2004

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PreSchool-Grade 1–The same four little mice featured in other holiday books by this team are back to celebrate America's independence. The day is filled with traditional activities such as a parade, a picnic, baseball, swimming, waving sparklers, and watching fireworks. The rodents' enthusiasm and camaraderie are entertaining to follow and the rhyming text works well in the simple slice-of-life story. Clear, bright watercolors of the charming creatures fill the spreads and offer amusing details. A slight but pleasant tale about the rituals customarily observed in honoring an important day.–Maryann H. Owen, Racine Public Library, WI
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PreS-Gr. 1. This seventh rhyming book about those sweet holiday mice--among them, Halloween Mice (1995) and Thanksgiving Mice (2001)--just about gushes red, white, and blue--from the colors of the clothing the family wears to the all-American activities that form the backbone of the book. The family members (mother, father, big and little brothers) first form their own Revolutionary soldier/Betsy Ross parade. Then they picnic and play baseball. A sack race, a trip to the old swimming hole, and fireworks complete the roundup. There's even a bit of suspense early on, when the little mouse, too scared to swim, overcomes his fear to save his toy mouse. Deeply hued watercolor illustrations, full of humorous details, enhance the story; especially effective are the vibrant bursts of fireworks. A charming way to prepare for the holiday. Connie Fletcher
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Clarion Books (May 24, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0618313664
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618313662
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,752,767 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By "karenlovesbooks" on June 14, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Those charming holiday mice are back- and this time they are celebrating Independence Day. Their day is packed with activities- a noisy, flag-waving parade, a picnic to munch, a baseball game with the local bugs, and a sack race. There is even a swim in the pond where the littlest mouse overcomes his fear of swimming. The day ends in a happy burst of fireworks, and a cheer for America. The bouncy, rhymed text is great to read aloud, and the lively illustrations are full of clever details. A fun, joyous celebration of our country's birthday- a perfect book for young patriots!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Betty L. Dravis VINE VOICE on August 6, 2010
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The last "love package" I sent my great-grandson Devon contained clothing and a red firetruck. I wasn't ready to buy him anything else yet, but when his mother called to thank me for the other gifts, Devon got on the phone. At three years young he jabbers a lot. He dutifully thanked me for the lighted tennies, firetruck and other things...in his hurried, jubilant manner.

And THEN...

He took off with a long yammer about fireworks: "purple fireworks..." "Orange fireworks..." On an on he went. Neither I nor his mother could shut that kid up...but we really didn't want to. It was too-ooo cute and spontaneous.

You see, his mother had taken him to the park the previous night to view the Fourth of July festivities and this was the first year he got really excited about the fireworks.

Well, when I saw him that happy, since he would have no use for fireworks, I thought a book with those colorful, bursting sky displays would be just the thing! I searched on Amazon and came up with this charming book. I chose it because of the fireworks on the cover and because it had all the "trimmings" of a family Independence Day celebration: flags, a parade, picnic, baseball game, etc. Besides all of that, it also has a full-page picture of a real firetruck! How could I resist?

When it arrived, his mother read the rhymed text to him in sing-song fashion and said he giggled all the way through; his eyes were as big as saucers as he ogled the pictures, pointing to everything in the book. As we knew he would, he exclaimed loudly over the fireworks, his little body animated with pleasure.

I'm very pleased with this purchase and the rapid delivery; it arrived in their mailbox only two days after I ordered it. My only regret is that I couldn't be there to see his reaction. These little mice, the illustrator of the colorful drawings and the author get five stars. I'd give them more, if I could.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Montano on July 6, 2014
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This is a darling book. Cute pictures, too. Perfect for celebrating 4th of July with the pre-schoolers at our library
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Celsimon on August 15, 2015
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My son loved this book from 12 mos on, he is now 5 and we purchased it for a friend who is having a baby.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Walters on July 3, 2015
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My 8 year old son said, "This was a great 4th of July book! It was so fun to read!"
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