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Mouse Paint Hardcover – March 10, 1989


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 6 years
  • Series: Mouse Paint
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (March 10, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0152560254
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152560256
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #378,998 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Three white mice get into some primary hued paint pots, and emerge as artful members of a lesson on color and camouflage. When they are white mice, on white paper, the cat can't see them. Then they spy three jars of paint, one red, one yellow and one blue. "They thought it was Mouse Paint. They climbed right in." Thus begins a flirtation with paints (mixing colors, making new shades, dancing in swirled puddles) that provides them with nearly all the colors in the spectrum, and when the paint dries, they bathe in the cat's water bowl until they are white again. Simplicity reigns in Walsh's brief tale, and a feeling of joyful discovery pervades her broad lines and expressive figures. Her message is clear, one which readers will respond to: paints have many purposes, at least one of which is fun. Ages 2-6.
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One day three white mice discover three jars of paint--red, blue, and yellow. Both parents and children alike will appreciate this lighthearted presentation of a lesson in color. Walshs cut-paper collage illustrations have bold colors and just the right simplicity for the storyline. A real charmer thats great fun as well as informative. (School Library Journal )

Three white mice get into some primary hued paint pots, and emerge as artful members of a lesson on color and camouflage. When they are white mice, on white paper, the cat can't see them. Then they spy three jars of paint, one red, one yellow and one blue. "They thought it was Mouse Paint. They climbed right in." Thus begins a flirtation with paints (mixing colors, making new shades, dancing in swirled puddles) that provides them with nearly all the colors in the spectrum, and when the paint dries, they bathe in the cat's water bowl until they are white again. Simplicity reigns in Walsh's brief tale, and a feeling of joyful discovery pervades her broad lines and expressive figures. Her message is clear, one which readers will respond to: paints have many purposes, at least one of which is fun. Ages 2-6. (Publishers Weekly ) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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.

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A fun little book for your young reader or toddler.
Emaline'sMommy
We've been reading this book to my daughter since she was just a few weeks old and she loves it!
E. Olson
Mouse Paint is a great book for teaching color mixing to Primary Aged children.
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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on April 9, 2004
Format: Board book
I'm curious. Why do the best picture books explaining color involve solely, and with few exceptions, mice? I mean, just consider Denise Fleming's fantastic "Lunch" or Ed Young's stunning, "Seven Blind Mice". For some reason, mice are just prone to well written color-infused storylines. "Mouse Paint" is no different.
Three adorable albino mice (able to hide from clever cats by standing on white pieces of paper) come across three jars of pain. On is red, one is yellow, and one is blue. Thinking, in a typical mousy fashion, that the jars of paint are Mouse Paint, the three climb in. Next, they set about dipping their toes in other colors, creating whole new combinations. Thus, kids learn that when a red mouse does a jig in a puddle of yellow paint, his feet will eventually turn a bright cheery orange. By the end of the tale, the mice are painting all sorts of colors hither and yon, mixing and matching shades in all sorts of new and exciting ways.
The book is made from a series of cut-paper collages. You wouldn't necessarily know this when looking at it, however. These mice have verve and pep. Their puddle dances are lively and entertaining. There are subtle in-jokes, such as the mice washing themselves clean in a large bowl that reads, "CAT". And to top it all off, they're pretty darn cute to boot. Though I've seen good books explaining colors to kids, this is the best I've seen that explains how to create a new color out of the combination of two others. All in all, it's a good read and an entertaining one as well.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A. Purviance on June 20, 2005
Format: Paperback
As an elementary art teacher I have seen many many color themed books. This is the one I use every year in grades K-3, they never get tired of it, it's a wonderful refresher for them. It's endearing and educational at the same time. You just can't go wrong with "Mouse Paint".
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By abookbug on October 2, 2002
Format: Board book
This book is a must have for anyone associated with a preschool child! By means of a clever tale - charming on its own - this book explores primary colors, color mixtures, and contrast. It became one of my child's favorites as a toddler and remains a favorite at age four. Longevity isn't the only milage we've gotten out of this book, either. It has also spawned many spontaineous, artistic experiments with color (mixing paint or playdough, etc.). For broad, lasting appeal and educational merit, this book is a great (bargain!) investment.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 2, 1998
Format: Paperback
Three white mice get into mischief when they discover some paint - red, blue, and yellow. The (almost) repetitive, simple text has each mouse "dance and swirl" and make a new color, which the mice announce with amazement- "Look, red feet in a blue puddle makes purple!" I use this book as a springboard for many activities in my preschool class - science, art, felt board stories. It's great for children to "read" by themselves, too.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By ReadItDiva on September 19, 2003
Format: Board book
We stumbled on this award-winning picture book by accident - but what a find! Three clever mice, illustrated by author Ellen Stoll Walsh in colorful cut-paper collage, discover three jars of "mouse paint." With childlike curiousity they dive right inside. And like children who can't resist splashing in puddles (mine included), the mice "splash" and "mix" and "dance" until they make a colorful mess. My daughters were already learning to identify colors. With Mouse Paint I was able to introduce the mixing of colors RED, BLUE, and YELLOW to create GREEN, ORANGE, and PURPLE - a concept they would not have learned until later.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By TOMMY C ELLIS on April 7, 2004
Format: Board book
I know...corny heading--but so true. My three year old loves this book, and my 20-month old goes crazy for it. We checked Mouse Paint out from the library, then rechecked it out, and finally ordered our own copy. When the book arrived, my toddler exclaimed, "Daddy! Mouse Paint!"
This is a cute and clever telling of how mixing paint colors brings new colors. The pictures are simple, but appealing, as is the text.
Bottom-line: If your children are 0-3 buy this book!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 15, 1999
Format: Paperback
As an art teacher, I enjoyed the way in which this book presents the concept of primary colors, secondary colors and color mixing. It is easy to read, easy to understand and entertaining for young children who are experiencing the "science" of color for perhaps the first time, and for those who are re-experiencing it, it makes it fun and entertaining all over again.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 17, 2001
Format: Hardcover
In my opinion this is one of the greatest books ever written for children. As both a mom and elementary school teacher it is rare for me to make that kind of statement! However, it is even more rare to find a 'concept' book that has such a perfect balance of subject matter for learning and good storytelling for pure entertainment. To top it off, the illustrations are magnificent and the whole thing can be read from cover to cover quickly enough to make it a favorite for nap time or for a lesson starter in classroom situations. Guaranteed to become an instant hit with the toddler/pre-k set. Well worth the price.
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