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The King, the Mice and the Cheese Hardcover – 1965

4.9 out of 5 stars 49 customer reviews

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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 (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,459,351 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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I remember reading my parents' copy of this book until it fell apart. The story still makes me giggle. I just wanted to share it with my kids, who appreciated it even though most of them are teenagers now. The story is light-hearted and silly, but with a very powerful message about learning to live with the problems you have instead of trading them for larger problems.

The artwork is hysterical, too.
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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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This is a cute story my children used to love. Now my grandson will get a chance to read it as well. The book has been out of print so I was happy to find a copy. It arrived promptly in near new condition as described in the sellers comments..
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By LouS on November 12, 2015
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A thought-provoking fable about unintended consequences. To get rid of mice, you bring in cats. But then how do you get rid of the cats? A favorite of my grandkids (around 5 years old) and my wife (I had better not give her age :-).
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