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Mouse Paint/Pintura de raton Bilingual Boardbook

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One day three white mice discover three jars of paint--red, blue, and yellow. Both parents and children alike will appreciate this lighthearted presentation of a lesson in color. “Walsh’s cut-paper collage illustrations have bold colors and just the right simplicity for the storyline. A real charmer that’s great fun as well as informative.”--School Library Journal
Board Book, 30 pages
Published June 7th 2010 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 1989)
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Our second Ellen Stoll Walsh book, it was also in our Kindergarten basics box. An engaging story about some mice playing with paints and trying to stay away from a cat at the same time. Walsh's adorable illustrations come to life again in this book. A good level 1 reading book for beginner's, but also enjoyed very much by my 2 yr old twins. A book even the parents can enjoy.
Sara Andrews
“Mouse Paint,” is a wonderful concept book to teach children about primary and secondary colors. It is basic, predictable, and entertaining all at the same time. Children will catch onto the pattern with the authors repetitious words and the coaxing illustrations.

The story is about three white mice standing on a white piece of paper camouflaging themselves so that cat won’t see them. One day, the cat takes a nap and the three little mice discover three jars of paint and climb right in. Now one
Crystal Marcos
Three white mice find paint jars and see what happens when they take a dip. What is even more fascinating is what happens when they start mixing those colors. This is a fun way to teach children primary and secondary colors. Watch out for that cat!
Nick Molinet
Mouse Paint is a really good book that does a great job at teaching children about primary and secondary colors but its also very entertaining. I like this book because of its simplicity, sometimes there are some concept books who are good teaching a subject but are way to complex so what is good about this book is that it uses white mice as the main focus and then has them dip in and mix paint to make new shades of colors.

LE: After the story you can take the children to the art center where you
Shanna Gonzalez
This playful, lucidly-written fantasy about three mice will entertain and amuse young readers while introducing them to a bit of color theory. In the story, three white mice discover three pots of paint on the white paper where they live. They first dive into the paint to color themselves, then splash in paint puddles and discover that primary colors, when combined, make new colors. Finally, they wash themselves clean (in the cat's water bowl) and paint the paper with all the available colors -- ...more
Diana Garcia
This book was a fun read. It was short and simple so it's definitely great to keep younger ones focused. At the same time it uses descriptive words like dripped and stirred. I also liked how the mice cleaned up and turned to paper instead of using their fur. It showed that they learned to use their painting materials appropriately. The illustrations showed the mixing of colors and even some parts where they camouflaged because of their white fur. It brings up critical thinking skills because the ...more
Geneva Roberts
This story is about three white mice who hide blending in on a white piece of paper to keep the cat from noticing them. They come across some paint and think its mouse paint and jump in, leaving one mouse blue, one yellow and the other red. They step in each others paint color puddles and once it swirls around the notice that these three colors can make three other colors once mixed together and they make orange, purple and green. The paint dries, and they wash themselves off in the cats water b ...more
Taylor Downs
“Mouse Paint,” was written by Ellen Stoll Walsh and was one of my most favorite books as a young child. The book is appropriate form PreK-1st grade. It would be a great book to use to incorporate art into your classroom. There are various fun activities a teacher could do to supplement reading this book, such as having the children mix the paint on their own! The language is simple and clean, but still entertaining and fun simultaneously. It teaches children basic primary colors, as well as the ...more
Romanus Elangwe
Three white mice in trying to hide from the enemy "cat," find and climb in three jars of paint - one red, one yellow, and one blue. They dripped puddle of paint onto the paper. The red mouse stepped into a yellow puddle and with a little mouse play, his red feet in a yellow puddle made orange; the mouse in the yellow puddle stepped into a blue puddle and stirred it to find that he had made green color and the last of them in the blue puddle moved into the red puddle to find that he had made a pu ...more
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
This is a new book for my 3 year old's repertoire. I liked that it taught her more about colors and that it encouraged interaction between the two of us while we read it. It could have been a bit more FUN for my taste but she has requested it three nights in a row so who am I to argue!
Inspired Kathy
A good book to teach primary and secondary colors. Mice climb into jars of paint and then make puddles of color on the ground.

I've read this book so many times to my daughter we both have it nearly memorized.
Who doesn't love these crazy mice? They are a simple way to introduce even very young children to the joy of colors, identifying them as well as mixing and matching them.
Mouse Paint is a great book for teaching colors, this creatively constructed story is a nice little addition to any child's library. When three mice get into some paint they learn a world of color and so do the kids who read this book. Starting off with your primary colors Red, Yellow and Blue; these three white mice build on that base, showing children how mixing colors can create even more colors. It's a great learning experience, and it is super cute.
Learning experience: After hearing the sto
Kaylie Singleton
This is a great book to have children read when teaching them about color. Kids and parents will both appreciate this story.
Kathryn Brunk
Mouse Paint is a cute little book that uses the primary colors to show children how they can be mixed to make other colors. It is a great visualization for children to see how two colors and can be mixed to make another. It would a great book to use when conducting art with children or holding a science experience about mixing things.

Learning Experience: Have the three primary colors on a plate for each child and as you go through the book have them mix the color the mice to make another color.
Although this story would not be considered one of my favorites it is a great teaching tool on lessons about colors. # 9ttle kice discover 3 jars of paint red,blue, and yellow and have a fiel day witht he paint. As a lesson educators could set up an art station during center time witht he 3 colors and allow children to explore different colors that could be made by mixing the paint or even incoporate other colors into the lesson as well as talk about primary and secondary colors and have a spin ...more
Elizabeth Brown
I thought the mice in this book were super cute. I like how the idea of how they were trying to hide from the cat emphasized that they blended in with the white background. After they colored themselves they had to wash the color off in order to blend in with the back ground again. This compare and contrast example is a great way to introduce colors to young children and have them play around and experiment with different colors. Hence, this is a great book for teaching colors and mixing colors. ...more
Mouse Paint by Ellen Stoll Walsh follows three white mice who discover the world of color and mixing colors.

One day three white mice discover three jars of paint: red, blue, and yellow. As the mice each climb into a jar of paint and emerge, they leave puddles of paint. Since the puddles looked fun, each mouse picks a color different from that they crawled into and dance in the puddles. By mixing colors they create new colors: orange, green and purple. They wash off the sticky paint and then pain
I am not crazy about this book (or many concept books for the very young). Of course it can be used to enhance the teaching of color-mixing, as described in many posts, but at this age I'd rather have the kids doing the paint-mixing & discovery themselves. If you're using it as a 'demo', you'll probably find that the 2.5-3y.o.'s glaze over, not really 'getting' the color-mixing aspect, & quickly bored by the repetition. And the 3.5-4.5y.o.'s already 'get it', & since that's the only ...more
This concept book by Ellen Stoll Walsh is about three little mice who hide from a cat by standing against a white sheet of paper so the cat can't see them. Then, one day while the cat was sleeping, they found three jars of paint. One red, one yellow, and one blue. They thought this paint was for them so they called it 'mouse paint'. They all three hopped into separate jars to make one of them red, one blue, and the other yellow. They noticed the puddles they were dripping onto the white paper an ...more
Genre: Picture Book- Concept
Summary: This simple picture book tells the story of three curious white mice that stumble upon paint. Their process of investigation reveals some interesting properties of the primary colors.
Critique: Illustrations
The illustrations in this story are done with cut-paper collage. This method adds a certain unique simplicity to the illustrations that compliments the story line very well. The indefinite lines give the illustrations a paint look. The illustrations make i
1. Concept Picture Book—Colors
2. Three white mice leave the comfort of their white piece of paper to find three jars of paint. When each climb into a jar, they come out different colors, and when the colors start mixing a whole new world of colors come to light.
3. A. Illustrations
B. According to Kathleen T. Horning in From Cover to Cover: Evaluating and Reviewing Children’s Books, collage is often used to create a “three-dimensional quality” (2010, p. 105). However, Ellen Stoll Walsh manages to
Karen Bragg

Three white mice are standing on a piece of white paper, hiding from the cat. They discover three jars of paint-one red, one yellow, and one blue (the primary colors). Thinking that it is "mouse paint",
they each jump into a different jar. After emerging from the jars, they drip puddles of paint onto the paper. The puddles look like fun, so they decide to jump and play in them. The red mouse jumps in the yellow puddle which makes orange, the yellow mouse plays in the blue puddle which ma
“Mouse Paint,” is a story about three little white mice that discover the magic of mixing colors. After taking a dip in three jars of paint that are blue, red, and yellow, the mice create puddles of these colors on a white sheet of paper. Since the puddles look fun, each mouse decides to splash around in a puddle whose color is not the one that they are covered in and they end up creating new colors. The author and illustrator Ellen Stoll Walsh uses very simple and repetitive language throughout ...more
Genre: Children’s, Concept - Color


Three small mice discover the world of color and mixing colors as they delve into three jars of primary colored paint. White to begin with they are a perfect canvas to adopt their color, red, blue, or yellow and then explore the colors they can make when combining them. They discover orange, green, and purple, using their creations to decorate their world.


The introduction of the concept in a very repetitive fashion helps the reader to predict co
Lauren Innes
3 white mice, who use their white fur the their advantage to hide from the cat by standing on a white piece of paper, one day find themselves curious to explore 3 jars of paint while the cat is asleep. They each hop into a different colored jar. One jar is red, one is blue, and one is yellow. After their fur is each covered in a different color, they decide to start making colored puddles on their white paper. They begin dancing and playing in these puddles, and soon realize that hoppin
Jordan Brovelli
I chose for my "concept" book Mouse Paint by Ellen Stoll Walsh. This book is about three white mice that are trying to escape a cat and along the way learn about mixing different colored paints. This book found a really creative and cute way to teach mixing primary colors into secondary colors. Teaching colors is always a fun thing to teach because there are so many ways to teach colors. However, I never thought of reading a book to teach primary and secondary colors. When I think of teaching mi ...more
This is the perfect book for young children (it's recommended for ages 1-6) to learn about primary and secondary colors, as well as creating three-dimensional art with cut-paper collage. In this story three very white mice jump into three different jars of paint, red, blue and yellow. Each one leaves a little puddle behind and inevitably, they mix colors. Every page features a primary color, as well as the secondary colors they create: orange, green and purple. In the beginning of the story the ...more
1. Concept book specifically colors, primary colors, how fun!
2. The book begins "once there were 3 white mice on white paper..." and then the mice discover something wonderful. They begin experimenting with red, yellow and blue. What happens next will delight your little ones, especially if they're just learning about primary colors. One mouse covered in yellow paint gets into the blue paint, and suddenly the mice discover that together they can make different colors. Little ones will delight at
Alma Hernandez
Mouse Paint is a book that teaches children about colors. The book begins describing the primary colors. The mouse also demonstrates the result of mixing the colors. This book was pretty simple and plain. Sometimes simple and plain is what you need for beginners. This book wouldnt really be my first choice.

L.E. In a small group activity, I would give the children a sheet of paper and the three primary colors using paint. The children will experience mixing the colors finger painting.
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