if you give a mouse a cookie by Laura NumeroffMouse storytime was a success, although my kids are still bent on shouting out answers and talking through the entire storytime on tangentials. This particular group is looking untamable. But they like mice. We started with If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff. I love how this story is circular and repeats the what ifs. I think the repetition makes kids confident when they read it because they know what to expect. And by the end, most of the kids could guess the last thing the mouse would want. Sadly, this book isn’t as well-known as it was when I was a kid, so not all the kids guessed the ending or picked up on those circular clues. But they still enjoyed it. I always like asking them what they think the mouse is going to draw when it shows the full spread. My morbid group this session said monsters, dinosaurs, and transformers. I guess they’re not over Halloween yet. And no one said cheese!

 

I planned to have Numeroff’s book first since it was the longest to sit through, so naturally, we did an action song next, Mouse in a Hole. It was pretty popular, mainly because the kids like (a) yelling, (b) jumping, (c) surprising people.

Mouse lived in a little hole (crouch low and small)

Lived softly in a little hole (put fingers to lips, shh)

When all was quiet as can be (cup hand to ear, hearing)

Out popped he! (Jump up and shout)

 

Two Tiny Mice by Alan BakerNext, we read Two Tiny Mice by Alan Baker. This is a pretty easy book, but I like exploring the concept of camouflage of animals in their habitats. Some of the animals are unusual for this age group, so they build a little vocabulary. We talk about how each animal has fur or feathers that match what is around it, so it’s hard to see. They try to identify each animal on the page . We talk about why it lives there. We look at their colors and whether they live on land or water. And then we always try to find the almost hidden mice. The kids noticed that if you follow the eyes of the featured animal, they are always looking at the mice, so the book has nice sight lines even if the animals blend in well.

 

Mouse Paint by Ellen Stoll WalshWe did a flannel that went along with Mouse Paint by Ellen Stoll Walsh (thanks Storytime Katie). And I guess they learn their color mixing in first grade because no one got the right guesses when we talked about red and yellow make…; blue and yellow make; red and blue make. They repeatedly guessed purple for every one BUT the red and blue mixture. Go figure. PS – I totally think the cat should come out at the end and scare them, otherwise, what’s the point of the suspense?

 

Seven Blind Mice by Ed YoungLastly, we read, Seven Blind Mice by Ed Young. I love this one. The kids get that it’s an elephant right away (my group from last year’s mouse theme did not catch on). And when I ask, what do you think the [red] mouse will think it is? They shouted elephant every time. Oh dear. Looks like we are still completely in the concrete thinking mode. I flipped back and forth through the pages to show the similarity between (for example) the pillar and the leg to show why a blind mouse might think it’s that object. The kids wanted to focus on showing that they knew where the tiny mice were on each page before the other kids (oh dear competitive kindergartners).