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Mice Hardcover – October 16, 2012
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Ehlert illustrates Fyleman’s simple, well-loved poem with her trademark vibrant collages, in this case, made from string and handmade paper…you’ve got two majorly adorable mice…. Children will delight in following the mice as they enjoy the run of the house…. The simple, rhyming text, very large print and crisp, vibrant images make this one an excellent choice for sharing with your favorite group of toddlers or preschoolers.” (Kirkus Reviews, August 29, 2012)
* “This storytime winner brings a new twist to the classic poem…. Ehlert’s quirky, handmade paper-collage rodents (resplendent with hot pink circle ears, big front teeth,and string limbs) demonstrate by holding up a ruler, crafting a self-portrait,and peering into a mirror…. Preschoolers will undoubtedly agree that “Mice are rather nice.”” (School Library Journal, December 2012, *STARRED REVIEW)
“A 1932 poem from Fyleman (1877–1957) serves as a springboard for Ehlert’s customarily striking handiwork…Ehlert’s playfulness, wit, and exposition elevate the brief text to something to be savored more carefully. Ehlert’s wide-eyed rodents are composed of collaged elements: textured, torn-paper triangles form faces and bodies (the fibrous edges of the handmade papers suggest fur), the mice’s rectangular buck teeth convey a dopey cuteness, and their ropy legs are made of knotted and frayed string…. Better still, the surprise revelation of the poem’s narrator provides a zingy sense of delight.” (Publishers Weekly, October 1, 2012)
“Children will be delighted by…Lois Ehlert's vibrant collages…. Rose Fyleman's rhyme can be appreciated as a read-aloud by toddlers, yet fun enough for emerging readers and parents. It's easy to imagine young readers asking for this one on a regular basis--though adding it to your shelves may make it hard to convince them that the kitchen needs a mousetrap.
A visual, rhyming delight for all ages, be the reader human, cat or mouse.” (Shelf Awareness, November 30, 2012)
“Mice are nice,” especially when Ehlert is illustrating them with handmade paper and bits of string…. Ehlert keeps things light and bouncy with her energetic and droll collage illustrations. She even manages to sneak in an amusing surprise ending…. Attention art teachers: having your young students illustrate poems using Ehlert’s technique will be a surefire hit.” (The Horn Book, January/February 2012)
Top Customer Reviews
I liked that the print was so large, as it's never too early to start working on print recognition. Even though the rhyme is very short, it has a nice flow and is broken up by page turns at just the right moments, adding a bit more energy to the text. Who knew that paper mice could be so charming? Ehlert's always unique illustrations will guarantee lots of requests for re-reads. Story time leaders can pair this with Denise Fleming's Lunch for a truly mousterful story time. An enthusiastic recommend for story time or any toddler's bedtime collection.
What Lois Ehlert brings to the poem is her wonderful whimsical artwork. In this case multi-media of paper and string and drawings. So you'll get to see the two toothy mice with combs and toothbrushes --the latter obviously one of the ways they keep their teeth so white.
Great read-aloud. Great poem for children to remember. This book would also be a wonderful start to an art project. With very young children you could cut out the triangles, teeth and string and let them create a montage of their own. For older children you could let them do the cutting for themselves.
The story itself is a fun story to read a loud. My student enjoyed it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book. Colorful and creative. Loved the way shapes were used to enhance the story.Published 7 months ago by MOSasha
Eighteen month old grandson likes the colorful, fun pictures. I like that this is a book that we'll look at and read many times as he ages.Published on May 26, 2014 by CJ