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"It's a pillar," says one. "It's a fan," says another. One by one, the seven blind mice investigate the strange Something by the pond. And one by one, they come back with a different theory. It's only when the seventh mouse goes out-and explores the whole Something-that the mice see the whole truth. Based on a classic Indian tale, Ed Young's beautifully rendered version is"It's a pillar," says one. "It's a fan," says another. One by one, the seven blind mice investigate the strange Something by the pond. And one by one, they come back with a different theory. It's only when the seventh mouse goes out-and explores the whole Something-that the mice see the whole truth. Based on a classic Indian tale, Ed Young's beautifully rendered version is a treasure to enjoy again and again."Immensely appealing."(The Horn Book, starred review)...

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ISBN : 9780698118959
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Number of Pages : 40 Pages
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Seven Blind Mice Reviews

  • Manybooks
    2018-11-04 14:33

    Both fun and engagingly informative, Ed Young's Seven Blind Mice is perfectly suited for joyful entertainment but also contains many and important teachables (while the main message is, of course, that one needs to know the parts to understand and appreciate the whole and of course vice versa, Seven Blind Mice might also be used to familiarise young children with basic colours, the days of the week, and the numbers form one to seven). Highly recommended and a perfect marriage of text and image! And while I would not consider Ed Young's illustrations as personal favourites, they are, indeed, a wonderful mirror of both the narrative and the teachable units presented (for example, how each of the seven blind mice's skin colour corresponds to the part of the unknown object, the elephant, that is being studied each day, except for the last and white mouse which realises that when combined, the parts actually make an elephant).

  • Lisa Vegan
    2018-10-30 18:44

    I love this book. It’s a simple tale about the whole being bigger than the parts, about really seeing, and it manages to teach about colors, numbers 1 through 7, and the days of the week. Immediately knew what the whole was, but young children, having this read to them or reading it for the first time, might find out only when the seventh and last mouse takes a more careful look.The paper-collage illustrations are very appealing; they’re bright, bold, colorful, and eye catching. I really liked them, at least in connection with this particular story.It’s very cute and wise. And children of all ages can enjoy it, even the youngest children. It’s not a board book though, so supervision should be given to any young child who might tear the pages. Even after knowing what happens, I think many children will happily and frequently want this one reread.4 ½ stars

  • Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
    2018-10-15 14:44

    This is another one of my favorite folktales, beautifully illustrated by Ed Young. The blind mice as silhouettes lends emphasis to their blindness.

  • Cheryl
    2018-11-06 20:46

    This has been one of my favorites since it was quite new, when my older sons were reading it in school. I found the cover enchanting, with the contrast between the black silhouettes, the mottled earthy background, and the rainbow in the title. And the first few pages, with the rainbow grass stem shaped forms marching across, quite literally thrill me.Then the structure of the story, which can be used to teach counting, colors, days of the week, ordinal numbers, and of course the theme as stated in the moral... oh, almost a perfect book. Imo, the only thing that could be improved is if the text was more rhythmically repetitive, instead of the fresh syntax for each exploration.And what a wonderful theme it is, to look at the whole of something before making a judgement. I'm very glad I got this chance to reread the book and see how well it's held up. I'm giving it five stars, even though it's not absolutely perfect, because I love it and because I do think everyone would enjoy it and/or should read it.

  • Sara Ullery
    2018-10-18 17:27

    Seven Blind Mice• This delightful book tells the story of seven blind mice and their attempt to figure out a mysterious shape near them. Each mouse comes back with a different opinion of what it is. What could it be?• Ages 3-7 Grades Prek-2• Teachers may use this for English, Art• Individual students will enjoy the illustrations and reading the sight words provided in the text.• Small groups may form predictions of what the object is before reading, then compare after reading the text.• Whole class may read this book together and then create art that reflects the illustrations.• This book won the Caldecott Honor• Available online. Libraries, bookstores, youtube.

  • Dolly
    2018-10-27 18:36

    I borrowed this book as part of an audio CD/paperback kit from our local library. The book is very short, with minimal text in a big font and bold, textured illustrations. It's a retelling of a classic Indian fable, using colorful blind mice in place of the blind men. The audio CD is very short, but I enjoyed the narration by B.D. Wong and music by Ernest V. Troost. The audio CD has an ISBN 0439027780.This book was selected as one of the books for the November 2016- Caldecott Honor discussion at the Picture-Book Club in the Children's Books Group here at Goodreads.interesting quote:"The Mouse Moral:Knowing in part may make a fine tale,but wisdom comes from seeing the whole." (p. 39)

  • Susan Mortimer
    2018-11-13 18:31

    The winner of the 1992 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for the picture book category (and the 1993 Caldecott Honor choice) Young’s re-telling of an ancient Indian tale is as captivatingly told as it is illustrated. This is the story of seven blind mice who encounter an elephant; each one attempting to describe the elephant based on the one part of him that they examine. Six of them describe the whole of the elephant based on incomplete examination, while the seventh mouse wisely puts all the parts together and makes the educated guess. This is a lesson in not making assumptions, in taking your time when learning, and in having patience. Young’s illustrations also have each of the mice in their own color, and each visiting the elephant on different days of the week, which is a nice touch for the pre- or early-reader. This book works well for both the younger listeners as well as begining readers reading this one on their own. (Ages 2-7)

  • Katelyn
    2018-11-14 14:44

    I love this book and so do the kids. Great book to find patterns in and talk about colors. It also has a really good message, which I love to hear what kids come up with for it. Definitely a book to have on my shelf in the classroom.

  • Laurie
    2018-11-06 15:38

    Booklist starred (Vol. 88, No. 15 (April 1, 1992))Ages 3-8. In Young's version of the familiar Indian folktale of the blind men and the elephant, seven blind mice approach an elephant, ask what it is, explore various parts of the beast, and arrive at different conclusions. On Monday, Red Mouse feels the elephant's leg and proclaims "It's a pillar." On Tuesday, Green Mouse jumps onto the elephant's trunk and decides, "It's a snake." On Wednesday, Yellow Mouse checks out the tusk and says, "It's a spear." But on the seventh day, White Mouse scampers all over the creature and puts all the clues together. The author offers this moral, "Knowing in part may make a fine tale, but wisdom comes from seeing the whole." Many preschool and primary grade teachers will find that the book reinforces their students' learning of colors, days of the week, and ordinal numbers, while heeding the story's admonition not to lose sight of the whole in their enthusiasm for identifying the parts.Graphically, this picture book is stunning, with the cut-paper figures of the eight characters dramatically silhouetted against black backgrounds. White lettering and borders provide contrast, but the eye is always drawn to the mottled, beige tones of the elephant and the brightly colored mice, vibrant against the large, black pages. Playing with color and line, light and dark, and with the concepts of sightlessness and visualization, Young designs a title page spread with only the mice's colorful tails appearing against the blackness; like the blind mice themselves, viewers will call on their imaginations to fill in the rest. What does one see? Curved lines? Tails? Mice? At once profound and simple, intelligent and playful, this picture book is the work of an artist who understands the medium and respects his audience.Horn Book starred (September, 1992)In the Indian fable, each blind mouse visits the elephant and declares that he has discovered a pillar, a snake, a cliff, a spear, a fan, or a rope. But a seventh mouse, the only one to investigate the whole "something," is able to discern that it is an elephant. The spareness of the text is echoed in the splendid collages. Immensely appealing.Kirkus Reviews starred (1992)A many-talented illustrator (Lon Po Po, 1989, Caldecott Medal) uses a new medium--collage--in an innovative reworking of "The Blind Men and the Elephant," with splendid results: a book that casually rehearses the days of the week, numbers (ordinal and cardinal), and colors while memorably explicating and extending the theme: "Knowing in part may make a fine tale, but wisdom comes from seeing the whole." The mice (first seen as an intriguing row of bright tails on the elegantly spare black title spread) are the colors of the rainbow plus white; they, the white text, and the parts of the elephant (as they really are and as the mice imagine them) are superimposed on a dramatic black ground. The real elephant is skillfully composed with textured and crumpled paper in gentle earth tones; in a sly philosophical twist, the form each mouse imagines is the color of the mouse: e.g., Green Mouse says the trunk is a snake, shown as green. On Sunday, White Mouse (the only female) runs over the entire elephant, getting the others to join her; now, at last, with her help, they all understand the whole. Exquisitely crafted: a simple, gracefully honed text, an appealing story, real but unobtrusive values and levels of meaning, and outstanding illustrations and design--all add up to a perfect book.Publishers Weekly (March 16, 1992)In a stunning celebration of color Caldecott medalist Young ( Lon Po Po ) offers a vibrant variation on the fable of the blind men trying to identify an elephant. Seven differently-hued blind mice approach the ``strange Something'' in their midst on successive days and report their findings to the group. A large black square provides the background for each painting, a dramatic contrast to the brilliant images ``felt'' by the sightless rodents. Young's textured, cut-paper illustrations allow readers to visualize just how a floppy ear might be mistaken for a fan (``I felt it move!''); the elephant's curving trunk springs to life as both a jewel-green snake and a glowing yellow spear. The spare text permits greater exploration and enjoyment of the artwork--it may be difficult to read the story straight through without stopping to compare the various images. The ``Mouse Moral'' that concludes the tale--``Knowing in part may make a fine tale, but wisdom comes from seeing the whole''--may seem superfluous to those who prefer the imaginative ``vision'' of the mice. Ages 4-up. (Apr.)School Library Journal (April 1992)K-Gr 3-- A real winner, on many levels. The first impression is visual delight. Brilliant colors and varied textures of paper collage are placed in striking contrast against velvety black pages. Bold white lettering imposed on the dark background tells of seven blind mice, seen in seven bright colors. Over the course of a week each investigates, in turn, the strange ``Something'' it encounters. To one it is a pillar, to another a snake, to another a cliff. Finally, on the seventh day, the white mouse, running across the thing and remembering what the others found, concludes that it is an elephant. The tale ends with the moral that wisdom comes from seeing ``the whole.'' Adapting the old fable of the blind men and the elephant by weaving in the days of the week, the mice, and the beautiful shapes of the things they see, Young gives children a clever story, wise words, and a truly exciting visual experience.-- Shirley Wilton, Ocean County College, Toms River, NJ

  • Maren Swallow
    2018-10-29 15:33

    Book on PERSPECTIVE. The mice are trying to figure out what the weird shape is by the pond and they all see it as something different.

  • Jennifer (JenIsNotaBookSnob)
    2018-11-10 19:31

    I can't believe I missed reading this one for so long! This would be a fun book to pair with "They all saw a cat" if you want to discuss perspective and point of view. I read this to my 6 year old and then we started right back at the beginning and read it again. It's one of those books that puts a really big idea into a little picture book.

  • Sarah Sammis
    2018-11-07 16:42

    The last few months, Sean has been raving about Seven Blind Mice and how much he likes the different ways the mice "saw" the elephant. Recently he borrowed it from school to read it to me and I enjoyed it too.Seven Blind Mice retells the story of the three blind men who mistake an elephant for a tree, a snake and a rope. There are apparently numerous versions of the story throughout history as it's a perfect way to explain the danger of misconceptions. Ed Young's version seems to follow most closely a Buddhist rendering of the tale which involves nine interpretations of the elephant.In Ed Young's colorful version, each mouse (represented by a different color) has a go at examining the elephant. They come up with ideas such as: a fan, a pillar, a snake, a shovel, a cliff and and so forth. It's not until the white mouse stops to think about what the others has described that he's able to put the pieces together and come up with "elephant."

  • Sandra Carolina
    2018-11-01 18:37

    Sandra C ArguetaFebruary 19, 2016ETEC545Seven Blind Mice by Ed YoungYou will be delighted by this story based on the ancient Chinese fable The Blind Men and the Elephant. Not only are the paper collage illustrations bright and appealing, but the story will introduce young readers to some important interdisciplinary skills: the days of the week, colors, perception and sequential order as it tells the wonderful story. All the mice are intrigued by this strange structure that has appeared by their pond. They set off to find out- while experiencing the same thing by climbing on top of the unknown structure, they argue about what it could be. So, perhaps the best lesson learned, will be the moral one.

  • Agnė
    2018-11-11 18:33

    1) Wise and fun:The Mouse Moral:Knowing in part may make a fine tale,but wisdom comes from seeing the whole.2) Educational: teaches numbers, colors and days of the week.3) Beautifully illustrated:

  • R. C.
    2018-10-31 19:32

    The three-year-old wanted this one over and over and over. We seriously read it six times in a row at one sitting. She caught that it was a fable and needed to talk about that. I'm all for super-accessible morality tales and I seriously doubt any kid is going to catch any subconscious racism about the colorful mice being wrong and the white mouse having the whole picture. Anyway, white is symbolic of things besides caucasians. I put it in the context of wise fools for my bigger kids, and as such it was a good discussion to have right before April 1.

  • Jenny
    2018-11-02 20:29

    This is an important tale...about perspective and seeing not just a part but the whole in order to reach understanding and wisdom. The illustrations are wonderful. On several pages, the collage elements have such depth that it appeared they were lift the flap elements (they aren't but on one of the pages, we had to touch it just to be sure...they seem to rise off the page.). Wonderful!!So many possible teaching points: colors, days of the week, ordinal numbers, similes, perspective/point of view.

  • Sammi Kelly
    2018-10-28 19:32

    Color unitGuessing gameopen ended question

  • Kathryn
    2018-10-29 16:38

    The last sentence says it all: Knowing in part may make a fine tale, but wisdom comes from seeing the whole.

  • Beverly
    2018-10-19 13:49

    One of my favorite of Ed Young's many books. Based on the folk tale of the "Blind Men and the Elephant," I love this colorful version featuring mice. I have used it successfully in story times.

  • Karen
    2018-11-03 19:23

    Very simple words and illustrations that pack a powerful punch! Love the meaning behind the tale..krb 5/27/16

  • Susanna Lowy
    2018-10-23 21:37

    This book was extremely enjoyable to read because of the fantastic colors and concept. That is why I gave this book five stars. This book is age appropriate for preschoolers because there is minimal text so they can focus on the colors and shapes of the book. There is seamlessness to this book where the illustrations and the text work together. This book is about seven mice that are all different colors and they find something strange and each tries to figure out what it is. Everyday a different mouse looks at a different part of the strange object and each mouse sees a different thing. On the seventh day the white mouse looks at the whole object instead of just one part and finds out that it is an elephant. The mice were blind because they could only see what they wanted to see and not what was there. This book could be used with children to help them with their colors and also helping them to identify everyday objects and also to show children to look at the big picture.The cover of this book is a wrap around image of the mouse’s tail is going from one cover to the other. There seems to be separate images because they have thick borders, but they are still connected. The end papers look like pieces of parchment, which later in the book is what the elephant is made up of. The title page is a black page with a thick white border. This page is a double page spread with a red, orange, yellow, green blue, purple, and white tail sticking up. The borders for every page are the same with a thick white border around a black page. In the gutter of the book there are some double page spreads because the mouse who has just looked at the elephant will have their tail crossing over the page. The color was done well in the illustrations because whatever color the mouse is, the object they saw is the same, vibrant color. For example, the red mouse saw a bright red pillar and the green mouse saw a lime green snake. This shows contrast to the dark background as well. The text of this book is written in white, so it pops against the black background of every page. There is a texture in the parts of the elephant that the mice find. The media for the elephant appears to be a collage of fabrics and paper. The mice appear to be a collage of cut outs that were water colored. Each part of the elephant looked like a different object based off its shape and this adds a fun element for the children reading it to try and guess what the object the mice are going to see will be. Ed Young did a really great job of finding objects that could be mistaken by their shape. An example of this is the elephant tusk was a spear and its ear was a fan. The perspective of this book is at the mouse level because to the reader the elephant seems giant. When its leg is shown next to the mouse, we get the idea of how big it is and how small the mice are. The colors and the one dimension of the art would make this book folk art.

  • Bailee Coots
    2018-11-02 17:23

    I found this book to be quite humorous. From the back and forth of the mice trying to figure out what the object was, and how each one came back to say something different, got me laughing at one point. I found the artwork in the book to be intriguing. It made me focus on the mice and what they were feeling around for. The black back drop on each page I think helped this story in a positive way. It makes all the other colors really pop. With all that being said, I do think this book is appropriate for age group of preschoolers. Personally, I feel as if the children would find the book humorous too. The book would challenge their thinking on what the object might be. The bright colors would be a bonus too, because children at that age love colors and bright colors, pictures that stand out. The artwork within the book helps tremendously with my overall understanding of the book. The book is titled Seven Blind Mice, focusing on the word blind, all the pages in the book are black with the exception the mice and object (which ends up being a elephant). The black pages represent the blind mice in the way that, that is what they see, black. The mice in the story appeared to be pained by watercolors. Some areas on the mice are darker than others but I am still able to see the light areas where more water was mixed in. The elephant in the story is interesting to me because it has a texture to it. When glancing at it, it looks like crumpled up and tea stained pieces of paper. The elephant represents collage artwork. It is easy to see that multiple pieces of paper were glued together to make the elephant. The mice in the story represent expressionism. Even though faces are not painted onto the mice, it is still so clear to tell what each mice is thinking in that moment. They are actually showing expression that I can see. The book has a dust jacket. The front cover has the title in big rainbow words, with a picture of the seven mice colored in all black. The back cover still has the seven mice covered in all black, but it has the the seventh mice standing in front of them. The seventh mice almost looks like it is preaching or lecturing to the others. Inside the front flap, it gives a quick summary about the book. In the back flap it gives background information on the author/illustrator, Ed Young. All of the pages are single page illustrations. No picture ran through the gutter of the story. The pages would be double page spread if each one didn't break before the gutter of the book. The colors in the story are able to pop out because of the black back drop. Ways in which I would use this book with children would be for educational purposes. The mice being all different primary colors, it would be a good way to teach them their colors and test them on how much they know already. I also think having each part of the elephant representing another object, shows the children that something can feel and seem like another object.

  • Juan Cuenca
    2018-11-06 16:44

    Escrito en 1992 y traducido al español en 2001 por la editorial Ekaré, este álbum ilustrado es una obra de Ed Young. Se trata de una fábula oriental plasmada sobre el papel para el disfrute de los más jóvenes.Siete ratones ciegos es uno de los más de ochenta libros que Ed Young ha ilustrado. Nacido en 1931 en China, con 20 años se mudó a Estados Unidos donde estudiaría la carrera de arquitectura, abandonándola y graduándose finalmente en ilustración en la Escuela de Arte de Los Ángeles. Desde la publicación de la primera obra que nuestro autor ilustró, The Mean Mouse and Other Mean Stories (Udry, 1962), Young ha continuado ilustrando y escribiendo obras con un estilo característico. Su capacidad para entrelazar y conectar distintos materiales, texturas, colores llamativos y figuras abstractas, ha hecho de él uno de los más grandes ilustradores de la actualidad. Este reconocimiento internacional se materializa en los más de cincuenta premios que cosecha su trayectoria, entre ellos, el prestigioso premio Caldecott Medal. Nuestro álbum ilustrado presenta, sobre un fondo negro azabache, la historia de siete ratones ciegos, uno por cada día de la semana, que viven en una laguna. Cada ratón es de un color diferente: rojo, verde, amarillo, morado, anaranjado, azul y blanco. Un día, Algo Muy Raro llega a la laguna. Los ratones deciden que lo mejor es ir y averiguar qué es. Así pues, día tras día, y de uno en uno, cada ratón se acerca a ese Algo Muy Raro para comprobar de qué se trata. Los asustadizos roedores irán creando conjeturas sobre qué es lo que ha llegado al estanque, cada una de ellas más ocurrente que la anterior. La presentación de este álbum puede dar mucho juego. Pese a que el diseño de la portada pueda percibirse un tanto arcaico, el diseño en su interior no pasa de moda y genera en el lector una sensación de agrado y motivación para avanzar en la historia. Sus imágenes, en colores vivos y sin grandes detalles, se apoderan del protagonismo, dejando en un segundo plano las escasas líneas de texto que suelen aparecer cada dos páginas. Se trata de un cuento muy sencillo, que bien podría trabajarse en educación infantil, pues toca contenidos básicos como los días de la semana, los colores y los números del 1 al 7. Sin embargo, esta obra oculta su verdadera intención hasta el final de la misma, que es desvelada en su moraleja. Esta moraleja será de difícil comprensión para los niños más jóvenes, pero sin duda funcionará en cursos avanzados, en educación primaria. Depositar la primera semilla sobre epistemología es lo que realmente este álbum tiene en mente. Es digno de admirar cómo una historia tan ingenua es capaz de transformarse en un tema tan relevante de la elaboración del conocimiento. Sin lugar a dudas, esta obra literaria nos abre una puerta para trabajar contenidos filosóficos desde una perspectiva muy atractiva y cautivadora para el alumnado.

  • Morgan Hatcher
    2018-10-18 18:26

    Personally I love Seven Blind Mice by Ed Young. It is a great picture book for young children to engage in reading and experience literature. Seven Blind Mice has won numerous awards including the Caldecott Medal for children's literature. This story uses the artistic medium collage to illustrate the text. It also has a dark black background throughout the entire story to contrast from the vibrant colors of the blind mice. This black background also gives readers somewhat of a feel of what it would be like to be blind, it allows them to relate to the story. The illustrator used vibrant colors to illustrate the mice to have a dramatic contrast and make the story fun for children to look at. It has bright colors throughout the entire story to keep children engaged and excited about each and every page. The pictures are expressive and happy which allow children to relate to the story in a positive way. The book has single images across a single page spread that shows the progression of the mice and their investigation throughout the story. It also allows children to interact with the story by looking at the pictures and making their own decision on what might happen on the next page. The story also implements color which allows readers to learn more about the different colors and relate them to the pictures. The artistic style most related to Seven Blind Mice is Modern art. It is abstract and uses different shapes and colors to illustrate the story. I believe this story is very appropriate for the age group it is marketed towards. It is perfect for young children because it is short and has limited words per page which helps children stay interested. It also incorporates bright colors and interesting shapes to excite young readers. The best part about the story is that it focuses both on color, literature, and problem solving skills. I would use this story to teach young kids their colors and investigating skills. I would allow them to interact by guessing what will happen on the next page. I believe this story is a great teaching book for young students and can be used for many different criteria.

  • Emily Hatch
    2018-10-16 20:40

    Seven Blind Mice by Ed Young is a staple of many childhood memories. I really enjoyed looking back on the reasons I was so fond of this book. I really did like this book, but I definitely have read others that top this one. This book is intended for preschool aged children, and I think it is appropriate for that age group. I do think that children older than preschool aged would still find joy in reading this book, but for comprehensive reasons, I think preschool aged is appropriate. My sight was initially draw to the use of colors among the artwork on each page. I think it adds to the overall essence of this book. Young uses a variety of colors of each page and tends to use a darker background so that the brighter and lighter colors of each individual mouse pop out on the page. Young even uses this technique on the cover where the eyes of the reader are directed towards the title. This technique allows the readers to really notice what Is happening in each scene, and the white boarders surrounding the pages keep the scenes clean. I think color is one of the most important artistic elements of this book; however, I believe that Young uses the technique of collage when it comes to the medium of this book. This is very common for preschool books, and the images really pop out on each page. I think for style, Young tackled a modern art approach through a subtle use of expressionism. I think readers can associate emotions through his use of colors. If I were using this book in my classroom, I would definitely use it to teach the concept of different colors. This book gives the perfect foundation for children to practice their colors and they could even relate it to a specific mouse because Young identifies each mouse with a color. This also has potential to be a great foundation for imagination. They could elaborate on each mouse or even make up things related to the story. I think this is a great interactive book for children to learn and further their interest in reading.

  • Katie Galbato
    2018-11-02 14:45

    I would rate this book five stars! I really liked this book because of the colors it brought in. The book was cute, simple and creative. I think this is appropriate for preschool children because of the simplicity and flow. The book is very easy to keep up with and understand. This book has won the Caldecott Honor. The artwork is wonderful. Young uses bright colors to create a pleasant emotion. He uses all the colors of the rainbow on the mice on a pitch-black background. This makes it clear for the children to see the mice. He also uses color by giving contrast to the elephant in the book, which seems to be a textured granite. This also helps the children understand which character is which from the bold distinction. Especially in the granite-like color, the author uses texture to give contrast. As for the dust jacket cover, I found it interesting that the front photo does not look like the inside pictures. It is quite the opposite, actually. The only part of the dust jacket cover in color is the title, which is in rainbow colors. The author uses double page spread consistently throughout the book, which makes it easier for children to see. There is only one scene with every page flip that they must pay attention to. The typeface in the book is quite large and bright white on a pitch-black background. This is completely different from the mice, which again, are in rainbow colors. This sets the copy separate from the illustrations. The text layout is also an important element to note. While it is being shown separate with the contrasting color, it is generally always on the top left-hand side of the page. This makes it easy for the children to follow along with the words and/or focus on the pictures since they are so distinctly set apart. If I were reading this book to children, I would take extra time to show them the pictures. For me, this book is very visually appealing and I don’t doubt children would think the same. I think it would be important to read very slowly, too, because it isn’t likely that preschool children know how to read.

  • Danielle
    2018-11-12 15:24

    Seven Blind Mice by Ed Young is a fiction concept picture book that was published in 1992. This book received the Caldecott Medal in 1993. This book also received the Boston Globe Horn Book award and the California Children’s Media award. I believe this book is appropriate for the intended ages of 3-8 years old because it is not a complicated storyline and there is a lot of illustrations. I believe that the older ages of 6-8 would be most effective for reading this book. The book’s artistic media is collage and the theme includes the days of the week, colors, and numbers. The style of the book is a folktale with a theme about wisdom. Each of the seven mice are the colors of the rainbow. The text is white and the elephant is tan-ish on a dark background. The elephant is especially creative to me because it is made from crushed up paper to give a textured look. Another aspect I liked about the story is that fact that each mouse came back and told their point of view of what they saw at the pond. The green mouse found a snake and the red mouse found a pillar. The story is about seven mice who are blind that live near a pond and six of the seven take turns going up the the object near the pond and guess what it is. The seventh mouse finally looks at what the object is as a whole and realizes that it is an elephant! I think this book used mixed media because of the complex use of collages. The medium that was used was textured paper that was cut to make the variety of colored backgrounds. One of the notable physical characteristics was that the gutter helps separate what the mice see and what the object really is. I really liked the theme of the book that you need to look at something as a whole instead of just parts. I would use this book to show children that things are not as they first seem. I would also use this to help integrate the days of the week and numbers into storytelling.

  • Breanna Brooks
    2018-10-26 14:46

    To start, I really enjoyed re-experiencing this book. I read it frequently when I was a kid but had forgotten almost everything about what made this book so great. I still found the book lighthearted and humorous, just as I remembered it when I was younger. As far as the pictures and images in the book are concerned, I think they fit the plot and subject of the book very well and helped develop the story further. The choice to make background black helps not only the colors and the actions of the story be the main focus and helps them pop from the page, but it also represents the mice navigating the world, through their blind eyes, which would be darkness or blackness. The mice in the story seem to be painted by watercolor and the object, which turns out to be an elephant in the end, seems to be a textured material of some sort whether that may be paper or a drawing technique to make the image look textured. This book uses quite a few techniques to offer layers of interest such as the mixing of watercolor painting and collage artwork. The mystery of what the object the mice are feeling for will keep kid’s attention and immersed in the story, until the very end. I think that clues and progression of the story would challenge children of the preschool age to figure out what the mystery object could be. I would use this book for a few different reasons in an educational setting. Each mouse was a different color in the story, which could not only be used to help test kids on their colors but to also teach a lesson about differences. With each mouse being a different color and the fact that they are blind, could be used to show children that everyone is different and even though the mice couldn’t SEE what the object was they used their other sense like touch to figure it out and that Is just as awesome. I think this book would be very beneficial for the age group that it is written for.

  • Hannah
    2018-10-16 18:47

    Seven Blind Mice was an enjoyable story about 7 mice that find something by the pond and take turns setting out to see what it is. The story was a funny story with a message about gaining wisdom looking at the big picture. The book is intended for ages 3-8. I think this is appropriate because the book follows a pattern in the sentences that children this age would be able to pick up on relatively easily. The illustrations are arranged to make a collage style book for children that includes themes such as: days of the week, numbers, and colors. After researching the art medium I found that the illustrations are made out of textured, cut paper in a variety of bright colors on black backgrounds. The medium and style used bring to life the book and the texture specifically draws my attention and helps me understand why the mice think the different parts of the elephant are the things that they guess. The end of the book shows a collage of each of the illustrations throughout the book to show the big picture of the big grey, life-like elephant that is the strange something. Children will respond well to the bright colors against a black background because it will be easy to see and I think children will also begin making their own guesses after realizing the sentence patterns. A notable physical characteristic of the book is the use of the gutters to distinguish what the mice think they see or imagine versus what part of the elephant they are actually looking at but don’t realize until the end. With children around four or older I would first do a picture walk and go through the story focusing on only illustrations, then read the book, and let children pick out the patterns in sentences noting the days of the week and numbers. I would love to use this simple but meaningful text in my classroom because of the multiple dimensions of learning that it covers.

  • Hayley Fisher
    2018-10-26 17:47

    Ed Young writes an incredible children's book that sparks the imagination without over stimulating the readers' minds. This book won the Caldecott Honor in 1993 and the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Picture Book in 1992. Several editions of the book have been published, but all fifteen maintain the same cover and story. I enjoyed this book, although it was a different read than I expected. I think this book is appropriate for its age group, and I think that it can be applied to older readers through its message as well. The artwork in this book is what I found the most intriguing. The dark imagery used throughout the book symbolizes the blindness of the seven mice who are the main characters of the story. The book has a black background for every page, subtly keeping the idea of blindness in the back of the mind of the reader. Young uses collage and some paint to create simple, yet compelling, works on art on each page. The simplicity of the images makes the story stand out more and allows the imaginations of the readers to run away with the story. Holding the book physically is a great way to become engulfed in the mystery of what the blind mice are trying to figure out. The final image of the large, tan elephant is significant because the mice, without their sight, see what they are crawling around on. With students and children, this book could be used to create a larger moral lesson to not draw conclusions about anything without getting the whole story, just as the seventh mouse finally crawled over the entire Something to find out it was a large elephant. This implied moral story is great for younger readers and allows them to think more in depth about what seems to be a simple, silly story about some blind mice. I truly enjoyed reading this book, and I look forward to using it in future lessons!