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Mouse Shapes Hardcover – July 1, 2007

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When three little mice run from a cat, they find a cluster of brightly colored squares, triangles, rectangles, circles, ovals, and diamonds where they hide until he leaves. Soon they are moving the shapes about to create pictures: a house, a wagon, and even a cat. After the real cat pounces, they hatch a clever plan to scare him away. Just as visually appealing as Mouse Paint (1989) and Mouse Count (1991), this little book features simple, elegant page design using cut-and-torn-paper collage figures silhouetted against a clean, white background and framed by a strong black rectangle. Walsh accomplishes her purpose of teaching shapes subtly and playfully through the text and illustrations. Though the statement "any shape with three sides is a triangle" wouldn't pass muster in a geometry class, it may not raise much concern in the preschool or kindergarten classroom. Parents and teachers can easily extend the lesson and the fun by providing cutout colored-paper shapes for children to play with after the story ends. Phelan, Carolyn

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (July 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 015206091X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152060916
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.4 x 7.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,822 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By E. Bateman on August 17, 2009
Format: Hardcover
My almost-3-year-old son and I came across this book for the first time during library story time. My son talked about it so much afterward that I decided to check it out from the library. He calls it "the scary mice book" because, in the story, the small mice use shapes to make bigger versions of themselves to scare away the sneaky cat. He knows his shapes, but this book is great for reinforcement and to show what things can be made when shapes are put together. When my son plays with his rubber shapes he likes to try to make the things the mice make in the book. I would imagine it would also work well for teaching a child who doesn't yet know his shapes.
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I originally bought this book when I was pursuing my degree in early childhood ed for a project. When I was finished I ended up taking it to my classroom & it was instantly a HIT & has become a classic. They absolutely love it. An excellent addition to any child's or classroom's library.
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I love this author's first two 'Mouse' books, 'Mouse
Count' & 'Mouse Paint'. Both books had a natural, believable flow that reflected the way young children think and learn. This one seems more forced, like she was responding to demands for another basic concepts book rather than writing it on her own. I especially dislike that the shapes are used to represent things- that's a skill of older kids & quite different from the simple, incedental learning that occurs via the mice inthe first two books. The art is still great, but overall it missed the mark- it was younger child structured but possessed older child concepts- feh.
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I am a teacher and used this book in a unit where one of the math objectives was identifying shapes. The kids loved it, and there were lots of activities that we did with shapes based off of the characters in this book.
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Ellen Stohl Walsh as a children's author and illustrator. Her stories are delightful and the illustration colorful. I have bought many of her books throughout my career as a Kindergarten and preschool teacher and the students loved them too! I will now introduce my grandchildren to this lovely author/illustrator !
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I am an Author with my twin sister Karen. We have written one on shapes as well. Your book was wonderful! I work with children, and this book is a great way to introduce shapes. FUN, and ENJOYABLE! Learning made fun!!
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This is a great resource for parents and teachers wishing to introduce geometry concepts. We recently used this book in a CPIN math training for educators. Highly recommended, along with Mouse Count, to address new CA Preschool Foundations.
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I love this book! I used to review shapes with my PreK students then in small groups, i gave each child an assortment of shspes in different sizes and they made their own shape pictures!! They were so creative and Im very glad I got this book.
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