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KING, THE MICE AND THE CHEESE, THE, I Can Read it All By Myself Beginner Book Hardcover – January 1, 1965


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Beginner Books, Random House (1965)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000VB94SW
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #578,822 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Well, the wise men have the answer to the problem.
James Charnock
He really has no idea what the story teaches, but he loves to read it with me, and that's the key to a great kid's book.
M3 Pete
My husband wanted this book to read to our 4 year old daughter ( who loves it).
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 24, 1998
Format: Hardcover
This book is similar to a P.D. Eastman book, such as _Go Dog Go_ or _Are You my Mother?_, but this one has an interesting Middle Eastern flavor to it. It is a great fable about cooperation between people in conflict, that unwise solutions to conflict often cause even worse problems. There's no lecturing or preaching here (a rare thing for a children's book), just simple cause and effect. If you bring in cats to rid yourself of mice, the cats are worse than the mice. The story line is that first it's mice, then cats, etc., then elephants, then mice again, then a cooperative agreement with the mice and everyone gets what they really wanted in the first place. I wish there were more children's books like this which truly grasp things about human relations.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M. Lynch on September 11, 2008
Format: Hardcover
My mother first read this book to me when I was a child and I read it to my little brother later. I bought a copy for myself as an adult and have had great fun sharing with all of the children in my life. The story is a cautionary tale about the law of unintended consequences and the need to work out your differences. The best thing about the book is the hilarious illustrations. My children, my husband and I would sit together, making the animal noises and enjoying every part of each picture. (My personal fav is the elephant grabbing the startled king while he talks to his wise men.) A great book for your family!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M3 Pete on September 21, 2005
Format: Paperback
To summarize the story, it's all about trying to deal with the problem you have in the first place (mice), rather than bringing in solutions that create even worse problems (cats, dogs, lions and elephants).

But since you will likely be reading it to your kids, the story is not all that important at first. I had this as a boy and enjoyed the drawings, which gets a kid hooked on a book before anything else. My two-year-old LOVES this book, and fills in the words every time we get to words like "king" "mice" "cheese" "lion", etc. He really has no idea what the story teaches, but he loves to read it with me, and that's the key to a great kid's book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca L. Menner on April 4, 2004
Format: Hardcover
My daughter got her first copy from her great-grandmother (it had been my father's when he was a child). She loves it so much that she has worn out two copies now. Colorful pictures, easy to follow words, and wonderful morals (sharing, thinking problems through, and that the easy way isn't always the best way).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mina Gobler on December 27, 2008
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The King the Mice and the Cheese was one of my children's favorite books over 40 years ago. Now that my friends and I have grandchildren, I've been hunting down copies and sending this book as a gift. The book teaches a marvelous lesson in terms that young children can understand. A king's wonderful cheese attracts local mice who overrun the palace. Wise men bring in ever larger animals to chase away the animals who have only made matters worse. Finally, mice are brought in to chase out the elephants and king is back to where he started. The solution? Bring back the mice and make a pact with them to share the cheese. Last scene is one of the mice at little tables eating their cheese as the king is enjoying his cheese. I still love reading this book to children and highly recommend it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tj Bacon on June 12, 2006
Format: Paperback
This was one of my favorite books since I was a kid. The pictures were funny and the story has two good lessons in it. People should try to figure out your own problems and don't judge a book by its cover. In this case the mice. The king learned to share his home and his cheese and that's the moral of this story. I would recommended this book to my friends if they where doing this project. It is a great learning experience for kids.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By TW Ervin II on March 30, 2005
Format: Hardcover
The King, the Mice and the Cheese by Nancy Gurney is an excellent children's book. It is one that I well remember from my own childhood and purchased for my daughter who loves it.

It is about a king who has trouble with rude mice eating his cheese. He consults his wise men and they suggest cats to chase away the mice. The cats become a nuisance, so the wise men recommend the king bring in dogs to chase the cats away. The cycle goes on until the mice are finally brought back to chase away the elephants, brought in to chase away the lions that'd chased away the dogs.

The story ends in compromise and friendship between the mice and the king. The story also teaches cause and effect relationships.

The pictures that accompany the story are humorous and memorable. I was thrilled to discover that it is back in print. I *highly* recommend it for children ages 2 to 7.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 16, 1999
Format: Hardcover
For years I have told the tale of the king, the mice and his cheese. I was so happy to find my favorite book from childhood available here on Amazon.com. I have been in search of it for years. This is a terrific book and you must get it today!!
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