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Mouse Paint

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  15,458 ratings  ·  598 reviews
Perfect for fans of Lois Ehlert and Press Here, this charming board book gently explores the world of color and celebrates the joy of creativity.

One day three white mice discover three jars of paint--red, blue, and yellow. But what happens when they splash in the colors, mixing the red and blue? Or dance in the blue and yellow? This playful introduction to colors will app
Board Book, 32 pages
Published October 31st 1995 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 1989)
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Feb 17, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture
Cute and effectively illustrated introduction to color mixing. Not much story.

There is a misleading introduction at the start of a cat, suggesting that it will present some threat or action which never takes place. I guess Walsh doesn't know her Chekov.
Jun 17, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens
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. ...more
Crystal Marcos
May 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
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!
Sep 03, 2008 rated it really liked it
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.
Sara Andrews
Nov 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
“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
These mice are adorable. A simple way to teach primary colors and color mixing. My favorite parts: the mice washing themselves in the cat's water bowl, and the ending. Cute. Simple. And I like the illustration technique.

7/20/15 Used in Movement storytime. Perfect for the age I tend to get. They loved seeing the colors emerge after the mice mixed them. As I read, I had them call out the colors to me to keep them involved and "test" their knowledge.

9/21/16 & 9/22/16 Used in toddler Mouse theme. T
Shanna Gonzalez
Jul 17, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-00-04
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
Nick Molinet
Apr 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
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! ...more
Feb 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
A book that introduces the concept of mixing colors to make other colors. I don't like the constant insistence in our media to cast cats as villains in our culture, but I like the way it was just presented as a gentle fact that cats chase mice in this book. ...more
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. ...more
Kaylie Singleton
This is a great book to have children read when teaching them about color. Kids and parents will both appreciate this story.
Dec 30, 2017 added it
Shelves: books-i-own, 2017
Picked this up from the goodwill recently and thought it was cute. It will teach the kids about mixing colors and it's just a cute story overall I like it. ...more
Anita Marlin
Feb 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: concept, ga-pre-k, animals
It is a concept book. It teaches children about primary and secondary colors. It is a very simple story and using very simple sentences, good for younger children.
Annie Wolford
Aug 31, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: educational
I did not like this book very much. I thought it was a little confusing because the of pictures displayed and the mice jumping in the puddles could be misleading to young kiddos. The issue I had with the pictures was the mice shown and then one mice jumping in the puddle. I thought this could be confusing because a kindergartner could have a hard time distinguishing who jumped in the puddle and what color they made. I think this book did have some positive intentions though, but the way it was p ...more
Adrianna Laskowski
Feb 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Number of Pages-32
Book Format-Hardcover
Reading Level-Pre-K-2nd grade; GR- H
Lit Requirement- Concept book 1

Summary- The mice are white so the cat cannot see them. When the cat was asleep, they noticed paint jars. They decided to jump into the jars of paint and dance in the paint puddles. They notice that the puddles changed colors because their feet mixed it up. They washed themselves off to become white again and decided to paint on paper instead to create the newfound
Jamie Tschida
Mouse Paint
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Book Level: 2.2

Mouse Paint is a story about three white mice who decide to climb into some paint jars and have some fun while the cat is napping.

Genre: Picture book

Mentor writing text:

Ideas –
The writing in the text gives specific details of how the colors change to make a new color.

Organization- the sequence of the story and how the colors change is easy to follow.

Conventions- The punctuation in the story is consistent and simple. It has a simple sentence structure t
 Mummy Cat Claire
I found this book at my local library. I read through it several times with my youngest. She already knows her colors but she still enjoyed this story.
3 white mice find red, blue, and yellow paint. Each of them plays in a different color paint and accidentally makes a new color.
I enjoyed reading this book with my child. I found an activity packet online that goes with this book. My child especially enjoyed the part where we mixed paint to create new color. I enjoyed filling out and discussing t
I use this for storytime every chance I can! I love this story, it is deceptively simple: a trio of mice dip into jars of paint to avoid getting cat by a hungry cat. The story is great for teaching primary colors and which colors combine to make other colors (*coughARTTEACHERSUSETHISBOOKcough*). This is a fun story for preschool and kindergarten. I was also pleasantly surprised to find MOUSE PAINT available in hardcover and translated as PINTA RATONES (the translation is great so for anyone worr ...more
Marissa Estrada
Oct 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Children are attracted to colorful pictures. They like stories being told with animals and mess! This book is a combination of all three. I read the big book version of this book and I absolutely loved it. They mix colors to make other colors but are sneaky with the cat that they still left just a little bit of white so the cat would not find them. It is very cute and capturing with the colors and mixtures. Silly, and perfect for children 36-48 months or even younger!
Apr 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great for ages 1 to 3 years old. We actually read this in preschool and they loved this book along with the craft we did with them. There's white mice in this book that jump into what they thought was mouse paint and they discover along the way that certain colors mixed together make other colors. Yellow and Red = Orange
Blue and Red = Purple
Yellow and Blue = Green

Great introduction for toddlers to learn about primary colors and what colors make other colors.
Brandice Harrison
Nov 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: ecce-2115-l-l
This is a book about colors. Three mice get into some paint and then start to mix the colors and they make new colors! This is a good book to do with an ART activity. Teaching the children about the colors and which colors mix together to make other colors. The kids can use paint to mix colors and create the other colors that are in the book. The pictures in this book are cute and simple which I like. It is a good little story for young readers and can be used for a fun art activity.
A great choice for pre-school storytime, and a great lead-in to themes of colors and paint and art. While the book itself is a little small for my big crowds, the simplistic color illustrations are view-able from the back, and the mice dancing/puddle jumping to mix colors is a huge hit for the littles who can never "sit still" during a book. We mix together, jump and splash and tap our toes, and the bigger kids love shouting out what the resulting color will be. Classic and an easy go-to. ...more
Alison Reads
Feb 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"Mouse Paint" is tied with "Balancing Act" for being my favorite of Walsh's books. It's the story of 3 mice who live on a white piece of paper (to hide from the cat) and discover three jars of paint (red, yellow and blue). They dance in the paint and end up making new colors. It's a delightful introduction to mixing colors. There's a touch of humor with the mice taking a bath in the cat's bowl and leaving some of the paper white because of the cat. A reliable winner for the very young. ...more
Alicia Evans
I read this in my Colors storytime this week. This is a wonderful book to explain colors and color theory to young readers. It has a tendency to get a bit repetitive, but the age group that this is made for doesn't mind. It is one I will use happily again and again.

For: readers looking for a good color book that explains early color theory.

Red flags: readers may find this too simple or repetitive.
Ashley Wannenburg
Feb 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
The book Mouse Paint, written by Ellen Still Walsh was a book that I thought was a very comical book that had a lot of different colors and could help children with understanding the different colors and what happens when two different colors are mixed and what new color it turns into. The book also had good illustration and was very child appropriate. I thought this was a very educational book overall, and would be a good book for a child who wants a laugh.
Oct 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: colors
A cute story about three white mice that stayed on a piece of white paper to prevent the cat from finding . Eventually the cat falls asleep and the mice were able to wander around and discovered what they thought to be mouse paint. An excellent book to use when teaching colors and how two colors can be mixed to create another.
Natalie Greaves
Oct 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: colors
I liked the bright colors in this book. It would be really good to use when teaching about primary colors and secondary colors. I like the illustrations and how they were brightly colored. I like the way the mice mixed the colors to create new ones. I could use this story to lead a small group activity that involves painting and mixing colors.
Jackie Sisley
Mouse Paint is about three small mice who get into some paints while on a break from hiding from a cat. The story is cute, clever, and well illustrated. It is relatively short and has few words on each page to keep little minds captivated. This is a great book to teach art and color concepts, particularly primary and secondary colors. Mouse Paint is a book every young artist should read.
Macy Crump
Feb 04, 2020 rated it liked it
This simple book teaches the concept of primary and secondary colors. The end pages are little mice feet crossing through multiple colors, foreshadowing what is about to come. The illustrations in this book are pretty simple and straight forward, which I think is a good and bad aspect of the story. It's good because it keeps the purpose of the story clear and focused, but because some of the sentences are a bit "wordy," more exciting illustrations might make the book easier to read. Also, the ca ...more
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