MICE MISCHIEF by Caroline  Stills

MICE MISCHIEF

Math Facts in Action
by , illustrated by
Age Range: 3 - 6

KIRKUS REVIEW

Ten adorable mice one by one abandon their chores for fun, allowing readers an introduction to the addition facts summing 10.

When the 10 mice awake in their oh-so-awesome triple-layer bunk bed, one immediately jumps into the fun: “9 mice tidy. / 1 mouse somersaults. 9+1=10.” The mice are differentiated enough so careful observers can see that the diligent mice are always the same ones. While eight mice cook breakfast, two juggle. Seven wash up, three spin the plates on needles while standing on spools of thread. And so the day continues with household chores sure to be familiar to preschoolers—hanging and folding laundry, scrubbing and mopping the floor, dusting and polishing. One by one, each is edged out by fun—balancing, swinging, building, etc., a math sentence on every page. Rossell’s delightful pencil, liquid acrylic and collage illustrations are the stars here. With small alphabet blocks, Legos, pencils and marbles as the mice’s playthings, little ones may imagine rodents in their own homes playing with the miscellany they have left lying around. While the math is there on every page, the learning is painless, as preschoolers will likely be more focused on the antics of the mice; repeat readings will keep exposing children to the math facts.

Though these mice are rather tame in the mischief department, preschoolers get some good practice in counting down, adding up to 10 and recognizing addition sentences. (Math picture book. 3-6)

Pub Date: March 15th, 2014
ISBN: 978-0-8234-2947-9
Page count: 24pp
Publisher: Holiday House
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15th, 2014




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