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Seven Blind Mice

4.16 of 5 stars 4.16  ·  rating details  ·  5,431 ratings  ·  430 reviews
Chinese edition of Seven Blind Mice. A 1993 Caldecott Honor Books. Adapted from the Indian fable "The blind feels the elephant." The story is updated for children. There are seven sharp colors for the seven mice. The black background shows the world of the blind. Distributed by Tsai Fong Books, Inc.
Published April 1993 by Scholastic Inc. (first published April 29th 1992)
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Lisa Vegan
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 t
Susan Mortimer
Nov 12, 2009 Susan Mortimer rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Ages 2-7
Shelves: lis-565
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 ...more
Morgan Putty
I love this book so much! It teaches a lesson that everyone, old and young, needs to know. My favorite part of this book is that it bluntly states the moral of the story at the end instead of making you draw conclusions on your own. That is why it is perfect for preschoolers. Preschoolers may not understand that the moral of the story is that you should look at the whole of things instead of the different parts separately, but when you read the last page it brings the whole story together. This ...more
Matt Cikovic
Overall, I liked this book. I thought that the black background was a striking choice and really made the mice stand out. I also thought that the illustrations gave the impression of texture and would help the book to engage children. I also appreciated the connection between the story in the book and other stories and more mature literature (like “The Blind Men and the Elephant” by John Godfrey Saxe). Beneath this simple story are complicated concepts about individual perception and learning th ...more
I thought this book used colors in an excellent way and took a creative approach to explaining that one must try to see a while image before coming to conclusions. It was the last mouse to go, the white one, who took time to run all the way around and up and down the strange new presence by their pond. She used all the ideas from the six other blind mice to determine they had an elephant living by them now. I feel this is an appropriate book for this age group because the words are simplistic wh ...more
Ruqayya Jarad
Seven Blind Mice” by Ed Young, multicultural book based on an Indian fable, it is about seven blind mice who found a strange "something" by their pond. They tried to find out what it was? The mice decided that on Monday the red mouse will go to find out, then on Tuesday the green mouse, Wednesday the yellow mouse, Thursday is the purple mouse, Friday is the blue mouse, and Saturday is the orange mouse and all of them returned home with incorrect description of the elephant's body parts. Finally ...more
Abigail Surmay
Seven Blind Mice by Ed Young is a creative early reader mystery novel.
It all starts when a mysterious object appears by the pound the seven blind mice.
Each of the seven mice try conquering the object day by day through the week, but each comes back with a different observation. Will they ever figure out what this object is, or will they continue fighting about it?

This book is cleverly thought out, teaching different colors and days of the week to early readers. Each illustration is clear in wh
Samuel Gilliam
Seven Blind Mice is about a group of blind mice who live together and are trying to find out what an object is that is outside by their pond. This book is appropriate for children of this age because the old-time fable has been simplified to language that works for preschoolers. It also teaches valuable lessons for children, such as “know the whole story before you spread it around” or “see the whole problem before trying to solve it”. It is very interpretable, but I truly feel as though this bo ...more
Rejean Rouse
I have never seen this book so I feel I really benefited from reading this book and had fun reading it. One of the sayings I liked in this book was “Knowing in part may make a time tale, but wisdom comes from seeing the whole”. I felt this is very empowering even at my age. I found this book to be a nice length for children and had “smaller” words that could keep the child involved. It also had a selection of colors and detailed pictures, which I found entertaining. I believe this falls under it ...more
Isaac Taylor
This book is marvelous. I think it fits into the age group it was meant for, even though the concept of wisdom might be a harder one to understand. The reason why I think it still fits into its age group is because the concept is explained so well throughout the story and at the end. This book absolutely falls under "Concept books for Preschoolers" because the whole point of the book is to introduce the concept of being wise. The only way it might not fit into this category is that it should be ...more
This fun picture book includes a ton of educational elements for children. The book can be read to teach children counting, number order (1st, 2nd, etc.), colors, and days of the week. Additionally there are the partial pictures of the Something where children can use the clues to guess what the big object is, just like the blind mice are trying to do. The few words on each page are simple and easy for children to understand.

The black background of each page really makes the colors of the mice p
Sean Dornbush
After an initial reading of Seven Blind Mice, it is pretty obvious that this book is a concept book for preschoolers. It is meant to teach a lesson about life, which is highlighted on the last page when the text says, “Knowing in part may make a fine tale, but wisdom comes from seeing the whole.” Young ingeniously portrays this in two ways. First, is the obvious one that the mice could not know what the object truly was until they knew all of its parts. But, Young also portrays this by having th ...more
Joel Wicecarver
My initial thoughts on the book were that through the use of both visual medium and text both aspects work between the two in order to produce a unique combination which creates a cognitively challenging activity for a young and developing individual. The illustrations serve as art and communication throughout the book. For example, through the use of double page illustrations in the book, Young is able to create a realistic sense of the mice travelling from their hiding spot to the pond. The ar ...more
I love this book like I love the Hungry Caterpillar! When a book is visually pleasing it really engages the reader and makes reading enjoyable like it should be. This book is great for preschool age and is a good representative of the concept book genre. The book teaches sequence, numbers, days of the week, and colors. It is also very easy to follow along and understand with its simple sentence structure but it introduces kids to more complex words like sturdy, supple, and wisdom. It contains th ...more
Emily Brooks
Ed Young does a wonderful job addressing various concepts such as days of the week, numbers, and colors in his concept book for preschoolers, “Three Blind Mice”. In this whimsical tell based off of an Indian fable, the mice learn the valuable lesson that you need the whole picture stating that “wisdom comes from seeing the whole”. Children ages four through eight are likely to be engaged both by both the book’s educational elements of text as well as Young’s unique artistic flair. Throughout the ...more
Alexis Overstreet
I really enjoyed this book. I never read it as child but I think it is a good book to read. There are many different ideas that you can get from reading this. But I do not think this book would be good for yonder children. I think it has a really good idea and meaning behind it but the child reading the book or listening to it might think it is a hard book because of the some words in it. Some young children might not know what a pillar or cliff is. This might cause their focus during the book t ...more
Shelby Lynn
I think that this book is appropriate for preschoolers. It provides a simple narrative with animal characters that are entertaining for a preschooler to follow. Some words are above a preschool level, but this will provide a slight challenge for the preschooler and when read aloud will help encourage discussion. There are only a few words on each page which help the preschooler to follow along while reading aloud. The book is fun and provides humor each time a different mouse goes to investigate ...more
Kelly Armstrong
Personally, “Seven Blind Mice” by Ed Young was not one of my favorites but that may have been because this was my first few time reading it. I worried that the plot may not be intriguing enough to hold onto preschoolers’ attention span. It was very repetitive, but not in a fun or rhyming way. Also, the lack of colors made me wonder if they would find it less appealing than other picture books. I do not think that the style of these illustrations will engage and keep preschoolers engaged. For the ...more
Mary Cate
I absolutely loved Seven Blind Mice by Ed Young. I though the paper collage illustrations and delightful story make a meaningful concept extremely easy for young children to understand. On a second reading, I also became aware of the way in which the story not only shares the "Mouse Moral," stating that “Knowing in part may make a fine tale, but wisdom comes from seeing the whole,” but Young also does an excellent job of subtly teaching the reader both primary and secondary colors, as well as th ...more
Zach Conkey
Seven Blind Mice is a book that I vaguely remember from my childhood. I believe this book after reading it to myself, and listening to many others read it online, that it has more concepts than the other two I have read in this category. Colors, shapes, objects, and days of the week are all seen within Seven Blind Mice. The pictures are very helpful by showing children object such as a spear or cliff and showing illustrations of these words that may not be used from day to day. Where this book s ...more
Seven blind mice is another great example of what a well comprised concept book is supposed to look like. It teaches order, using the mice to enforce the concept of first, second, third etc. It also teaches the days of the week, again using the mice. It is extremely clever in the way it intertwines the plot and the concept of identification. Again, it demonstrates the teaching of colors through each different colored mouse. The use of the rainbow of mice against the stark contrast of the black b ...more
Jenna Moskal
Seven Blind Mice was a fun book to read. It was fun and exciting and made me want to flip through the pages faster and faster to see what the "Something" was by the pond. I think this book is a great book to read to younger children who are still working on colors or even the days of the week. This book associated each mouse with a day of the week. This would be a great way to help teach children about the concept of days. I think this is a great book to help learn colors as children could point ...more
Stephanie Walker
I thought that "Seven Blind Mice" was a great book because of its allegory and pictures. In the end it states, “The Mouse Moral: Knowing in part may make a fine tale, but wisdom comes from seeing the whole.” I think this is such a great lesson for children. I loved how all of the pages were black and then the mice, elephant and objects were very colorful. This made the pages stand out due to the effects of the lighting. I think it is great for all ages due to the colors but older ages might unde ...more
Heather Souders
As a Caldecott Honor Book, Seven Blind Mice delivers a wonderful and visual representation tale of seven mice trying to figure out what an object is that appeared near their pond one day. I loved this book, and the illustrations were captivating. The first element I noticed was the use of black pages with almost paper-maché like images. As the plot develops, each mouse is a color that goes with the color of the image they think the object is. Although this book teaches children colors, I think i ...more
Karissa Gowder
“Seven Blind Mice” by Ed Young is a remarkable book that can teach children a lot. I appreciated that it teaches colors, numbers, the process of taking turns, and that we must look at the whole picture to really know what is going on. I think that it is appropriate for the age group it is trying to reach, and that any preschool child could understand these concepts. I also think that it is a good representative of its genre because the book is solely about teaching concepts. The last page of the ...more
Marissa Ramirez
I really enjoyed this adaptation for children of this story. The valuable moral contained in it has been passing onto younger generations for a very long time and this book is a good way to keep doing it in a way relevant for children of this time. The illustrations enhance the story serving as a visual aid to describe the mice actions and conclusions every time each of them explores the "thing" in front of them. The use of black background makes the reader reflect on the blindness of the mice, ...more
This children's book offers themes of investigation and prediction. For this reason, it sits well on a shelf amongst other preschool concept books. It presents a problem and allows the seven characters to each look at the problem from their own point of view. Only when those points of view are combined do we get to see the big picture. The art for this book is a great enhancement for the storyline. First, each mouse comes back to the group with their description of the unknown thing, and the pic ...more
Alexis Skyrme
I though this book was awesome! This book was colorful and fun! It sparks curiosity, teaches about taking turns, colors, and numbers. I would use this book to teach elementary children their colors and numbers all the way up to seven. This book also allows the kids to be interactive and try to guess what they think it is too. I think it is appropriate for this age group it promotes curiosity which is great at that age. It is a good representation of a concept book because all the mice are differ ...more
Aubrey Toldi
Not only does this book provide academic advancement for a preschooler, but it has an overall moral concept to teach the reader as well. From an academic standpoint, it walks the reader through the week. Each day, a different mouse explores the unknown something. Each mouse is also indicated by a different color, which allows the reader to hear and see what each color is. From a moral standpoint, the reader is shown that in order to make a judgment about something or someone you need the entire ...more
Emma Pare
I think that this book is actually a little bit above the reading level for preschoolers. While the illustrations are definitely very appealing to younger children, the overall concept of the book is a little bit above preschool level, in my opinion. I do not think this book is a good representative book for the genre because I believe it is above preschool level. I just think that if I was to read this book to a preschooler, that I would have to do a lot of explaining. If I was to read this boo ...more
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Ed Young is the illustrator of more than eighty books for children, seventeen of which he has also written. Among his books is the Caldecott Medal winner Lon Po Po, which he both wrote and illustrated. He says that his work is inspired by the philosophy of Chinese painting. He lives in Westchester County, New York.
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