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Mice Hardcover – October 16, 2012

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PreS-Gr 1-This storytime winner brings a new twist to the classic poem. The simple verse describes mousey attributes: "their tails are long,/their faces small,/they haven't any chins at all." 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. They scamper over vegetables as they "run about the house," dive nose-first into frosted cupcakes, and "nibble things they shouldn't touch." The jet black backgrounds highlight the large, white text and make the nighttime escapades of the mice appear three-dimensional. A surprise ending reveals the narrator to be a grinning feline. Preschoolers will undoubtedly agree that "Mice are rather nice."-Linda Ludke, London Public Library, Ontario, Canadaα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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“This fresh interpretation of a classic poem is a charmer.

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)
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 5 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Beach Lane Books (October 16, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442456841
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442456846
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #221,243 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lois Ehlert's clever illustrations for Rose Fylemans cute poem, Mice is a wonderful addition to any toddler storytime. The illustrations help tell the story to all who are listening to the words. The cat is so cute that children laugh and know he is up to no good. The recognizable household items are so clever and well thought out that it brings this old poem into the modern world.
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Lois Ehlert takes a classic poem and effectively combines it with her trademark collage illustrations. The result is a truly whimsical little book that is sure to charm toddlers and their parents. With one very large line of text per spread, it's the perfect length for squirmy little listeners. What really captivated my toddler story time crowds were the pictures. As I pointed out their pink ears and white teeth, they began to notice when the mice were sitting on cupcakes, and were especially taken with the image of the mice in a bag of cheerios. They all recognized the cat at the end, and while they might not have been tuned in to exactly why the cat thinks mice are nice, their parents certainly appreciated the ending.

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.
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Rose Fyleman's MICE was one of my earliest favorite poems. I remember sitting in my footie-pajamas and asking my father to read it 'one more time', and I remember sitting down by myself working to memorize it. And to this day I still know it by heart, and it's still dear to me. (Of course I shared MICE with my own children.)

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.

Pam
mom/blogger/mouse lover
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I was studying Lois Ehlert with my Kindergarteners. This book helped me explain how sometimes illustrators can only illustrate books and other times they can write the story as well. Also this book shows mice using collage which is Ehlert's art form.

The story itself is a fun story to read a loud. My student enjoyed it.
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It is a nice simple little picture book. It seems like it is actually meant to be more of a point out what the various objects you see on the page are kind of book. This is fine, as kids need to learn to associate pictures with things, but the objects do not really go with the story. If they did it would be a little easier to transition into pointing out the objects.
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