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Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

A gang of mice learns to mix colors and to count; the "naive 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.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 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
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 6 years
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (March 27, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0152002235
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152002237
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.2 x 7.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #48,558 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

ELLEN STOLL WALSH is the author and illustrator of many award-winning early concept books for young children, including Mouse Paint, Mouse Count, and the Dot and Jabber trilogy. She lives near Rochester, New York.

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By L. Wilkinson on August 19, 2005
Format: Board book
This book is a really fun one to read aloud to my kindergarten class. It is not scary! They love it! And the fact that snakes eat mice is a basic fact that they understand. I especially like the moral of this story: Don't be greedy! When I read it, I always hear "Read it again, please". To make it even more fun, we get a plastic jar, a toy snake, a rock, and little toy mice to dramatize the story. They love to make the jar rock back and forth until the mice spill out and run away. This is a favorite centertime activity that the kids choose over and over again. It's a great prediction book with basic counting forward and backward concepts imbedded in it. You can't go wrong with this book for the PreK/K range.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By jaye hendrix on June 7, 2001
Format: Board book
My kids love Mouse Paint, so we got Mouse Count, too. This one just doesn't hold their interest near as much. There's less action, I guess, and it is much less imaginative. We were disappointed.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 12, 2000
Format: Paperback
This book uses a narrative format to introduce the numbers oneto ten, and then count back down again. A hungry snake finds tennapping mice and drops them one by one into a jar for safekeeping. "First I will count them and then I will eat them up," said the snake. "Mouse Count! One... two... three..."
The mice wake up and convince the snake that he needs one more mouse, a very large one that they point out to him. While the snake goes to capture the other mouse (which is really a large gray rock), the mice tip the jar over. "Ten, nine, eight, seven, six, five, four, three, two, one." The mice uncounted themselves and ran home.
The text is easy enough for a beginning reader, and the uncluttered illustrations make counting easy for beginners, too.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 29, 1998
Format: Paperback
My 4 1/2 year old daughter loves this book that she discovered at preschool. We bought a copy for our house and she "reads" it frequently. It's a well written easy-to-follow story for this age group with cute pictures. We love the way those clever mice outsmart the snake. It also teaches counting and adding skills. It never occurred to us to teach our daughter to count backwards. Thanks to "Mouse Count" she can now count to 20 forward and backwards.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Richards on October 30, 2006
Format: Board book
This was a favorite book when I taught preschool and today with my children. The dialogue is great for using fun voices for the snake and the mice and the repetition invites the children to read along.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MaryAnn on April 28, 2011
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This is a darling book for preschoolers and kindergarteners. The Very Hungry Caterpillar meets The Three Billy Goats Gruff and the message is: Don't be greedy! There has been some discussion as to the appropriateness of a snake pursuing a mouse dinner. As a mother of four, grandmother of 6, credentialed teacher (and current preschool teacher) who homeschooled two of my own children, I have a few thoughts on that. At what point do we teach children about the balance of nature? It is my opinion that it is best to do it very gradually and gently...of which I think this book does a lovely job. The snake is not evil, just hungry. The mice are careful, but sleepy...and then they very cleverly get out of a difficult jam. To overthink this darling story book is a mistake. Just enjoy it!!!!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Dave in Hagerstown on March 17, 2003
Format: Paperback
As a preschool teacher I like this book.
Far from the snake's description of the imprisioned mice making it inappropariate for children: it is a good moral lesson! Don't be greedy! It is also not a problem because mice are on earth to be food for the snakes and the preditors are not "bad" animals; there are just fulfilling their role in the ecology.
I don't like it as much as "Mouse Paint" but it is a fine counting book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Karen Epstein on August 16, 2008
Format: Paperback
Another of my favorites. This story has adorable illustrations and simple text for the preschooler/kindergarten child. Introduces simple math for nos. 1-10.
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