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Mouse Paint by Ellen Stoll Walsh
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Nov 28, 11

bookshelves: children-s-literature
Read in November, 2011

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 it feel as if someone was painting the story and learning about colors at the same time the mice were. My favorite part of the illustrations is the bold colors that are all throughout the story. I especially thought it was clever that when the mice are painting parts of the paper different colors, and they begin mixing colors to make new ones, they still incorporate both of the colors that mixed to form the new color. Two jars are shown of different colors, and the background of the page is a different color entirely.
Curriculum Connection: This would be an obviously fun way to let children discover color combinations on their own. Students could paint pictures like the mouse did. I have also seen teachers use other materials to convey the same idea, like water with food coloring, hair gel with food coloring, skittles in water, etc. Students could make pictures of mice using different colors and then combine two colors to transform the mouse’s original color.
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