Seven Blind Mice

Seven Blind Mice

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Overview

Using bold, playful primary colors, Caldecott winner Ed Young creates seven blind mice that will steal the hearts of the very youngest readers. This is a warm and entertaining fable of seven tiny creatures who set out to discover the "Something" by the pond--but who each come back with a different answer. 1993 Caldecott Honor Book. Full color.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780439027816
Publisher: Weston Woods Studios, Incorporated
Publication date: 09/01/2011
Age Range: 5 - 8 Years

About the Author

Caldecott medalist Ed Young was born in Tientsin, China, and brought up in Shanghai. He cites the philosophy of Chinese painting as an inspiration for much of his work. "A Chinese painting is often accompanied by words," he explains; "they are complementary. There are things that words do that pictures never can, and likewise, there are images that words can never describe."

Mr. Young has been illustrating children's books for more than twenty years and has won many awards. He received the 1990 Caldecott Medal for his book Lon Po Po, and his much-lauded collaboration with anthologist Nancy Larrick, Cats Are Cats, was named one of the Ten Best Illustrated Books of 1988 by The New York Times.

Mr. Young studied at the University of Illinois, the Art Center of Los Angeles, and Pratt Institute in New York City. He and his family live in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York.

copyright 2000 by Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers. All rights reserved.
Caldecott medalist Ed Young was born in Tientsin, China, and brought up in Shanghai. He cites the philosophy of Chinese painting as an inspiration for much of his work. "A Chinese painting is often accompanied by words," he explains; "they are complementary. There are things that words do that pictures never can, and likewise, there are images that words can never describe."

Mr. Young has been illustrating children's books for more than twenty years and has won many awards. He received the 1990 Caldecott Medal for his book Lon Po Po, and his much-lauded collaboration with anthologist Nancy Larrick, Cats Are Cats, was named one of the Ten Best Illustrated Books of 1988 by The New York Times.

Mr. Young studied at the University of Illinois, the Art Center of Los Angeles, and Pratt Institute in New York City. He and his family live in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York.

copyright 2000 by Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers. All rights reserved.

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Seven Blind Mice 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm a coordinator of staff development activities for nurses, and I was able to use this book to introduce to our nurse leaders how we all need to work together to see the big picture. It may be a children's book, but it can definitely apply to adults in the work setting!
conuly on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The artwork is done in stunning colors, silhouette style on black. Each of the mice (each a different color) takes a day during the week to examine the THING by their pond. As they describe it, we see a picture of what they thought they felt (a fan, a column, a snake), in their color.The seventh finally understands that the THING is an elephant, by running all over the entire body instead of just a little bit. I love the artwork. Gorgeous isn't too strong a word.
Stephanyk on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is a Caldecott Honor Book and is appropriate for the grades pre-k through the second grade. The book has simple pictures and short sentences that younger children can follow a long. Also students who are in the second grade should be able to read the book on their own. On each day of the week a different blind mice goes to explore the strange Something that is by their pond. Each time the mice come back with different descriptions. All the mice begin to argue that the Something is a rope, a snake, a fan and a cliff. Finally on the seventh day the White mouse goes and examines the whole Something and figures out that it is an elephant. Uses in the classroom:- For students in pre-k I would go over the days of the week with the children and also what color mouse went to explore on which day.- I would print out pictures and cut them into squares. I would put one square up at a time and have students try to guess what the image is.- I would put students in groups and have them blindfolded. I would give each group an object and have them guess what they are holding. To make it harder for second graders I would give each person in the group a job (smelling, touching, tasting) and have them put their results together to guess what the object is.
Calamia on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The seven blind mice come across a giant elephant and each of them uses their sense of touch to figure out what the object is. Each mouse describes something different or just a part of the elaphant. The last mouse runs completly over and around and discovers that it is a giant elephant. This is a great story to use to describe the sense of touch or have children practice closing their eyes and using their hands to discover what an object is.
NicolesBubble on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This story is the about the great adventure of seven blind mice of all different colors, who find a strange something new to their home. As the week goes by each mouse goes on their own individual journey to discover what this new something is. Each mouse returns with their own version of what this new something could possibly be.I enjoyed this book because it gives you an opportunity to see the imaginations of each mouse as they find their way to the right answer.In the classroom this is a great opportunity to begin working on days of the week with students, colors and also learning how to compare different things. I think a great class activity would be to have student blind fold their partner and have each student describe what they feel, just like the seven blind mice.
NemaGuoladdle on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The book is about blind mice who find a Something at the pond. They argue through the days of the week what the Something is as they discover separate parts of the Something. After days of arguing they find out the Something is an elephant. The headstart kids I read to also liked this book. I asked them pointed questions about each illustration and what they thought the Something was. They are smart because alot of them said, "An elephant! It's an elephant!" I find this book very colorful and bright for children up to possibly 6 years of age. It's very engaging in that as a person reading the story could ask the listeners what they thought was going to happen next. It could possibly be used for the smaller children when also learning about geography and animals.
dangerlibearian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Good read aloud and simple, each blind mouse feels a different part of the elephant thinking the parts are the whole. Only the truly wise mouse sees the whole picture and sees the whole as a sum of its parts.
JenRobYoung on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the story of seven blind mice that find an interesting object. Each takes a turn describing what they find, until the end of the week and the last mouse helps reveal the truth behind what they have found.
emgalford on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Young, E. (1992). Seven blind mice. New York: Philomel Books.In Ed Young¿s Seven Blind Mice, the author retells a classic Indian fable in which seven blind mice set out to discover the large creature at the pond. Every day, one mouse sets out to ¿see¿ what is at the pond. Each day they come back with a distorted image of the creature¿s body parts. One sees a pillar, the other a rope, and so on. It is not until the seventh mouse goes to the pond in search of the entire creature do they discover what is really there. At the pond lives a large elephant. It is only because the last mouse searches for the whole creature does he get to see it. All the other mice searched only for bits and pieces of the creature, and they were not able to see anything but a distorted image of it. This story is a classic Indian fable so people of all ages and places can relate to it. This is a story that has been told through many generations of Indian people and will continue to be retold through retellings such as this one. This story teaches its readers the important lesson that you should not judge someone or something until you get to know them because you cannot properly see something until you look for everything and not just the pieces.This would be an excellent book to use with young elementary school students when teaching about the importance of not ¿judging a book by its cover.¿ This could also be used when doing a unit about fables and fairy tales. This would be an excellent example of a multicultural fable. Students could compare and contrast the characteristics of fables from different cultures.
imagrtdnlvr on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a 1993 Caldecott honor book. This is a story about seven blind mice of different colors that find something by their pond one day. Each day one mouse goes and comes back to tell the others what they think the something is. Piece by piece, day by day, mouse by mouse you find out what the something is. At the end, on the last day with the last mouse she puts everything together to reveal what the something really is. I'll save the something for a surprise for the ones that have not read it yet.I picked this book because of all the things it teaches. The days of the week are listed in order, colors are used for the mice, and number order is also used. I like how the plot slowly reveals one piece at a time, this kept my children interested as I read it to them.I would use this as an extension to introduce colors, days of the week, and number order. I would have the children think of an animal and then reveal it to the class piece by piece until we guess what it is. I would also use various pictures of things up close to see if the children could figure out what they were.
csweat on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a cute story about seeing things as a whole, instead of individual parts. It took all seven perspectives to see and figure out what the something was. The seven blind mice were very colorful. Each color mouse only saw things in their own color. I know I have to be careful to take things as a whole instead of jumping to the wrong conclusion. I think the wisdom taught in this story will help the children to learn to see the whole picture better. The younger they learn this concept the better off they will be be. In the classroom, I would have the children make binoculars out of 2 toilet paper rolls glued together. On the end, they could put colored saran wrap with a rubber band on it. I would have close up pictures of common things and see who could figure out what it was.
xubibliobug on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Seven Blind Mice by Ed Yong won Caldecott Honor in 1993; and the book in the audiobook CD format is on the list of ALA¿s 2008 Notable Children¿s Recordings.Based on an Indian fable of blind men, Ed tells a story about seven blind mice eventually realized that ¿Knowing in part may make a fine tale, but wisdom comes from seeing the whole.¿ Seven colorful mice find a huge ¿strange thing¿¿an elephant¿ by their pond, and they decide to figure out what it is. From Monday to Saturday, six mice take turn to explore ¿the thing¿ and bring back wrong findings: The mice misidentify the elephant¿s leg as a pillar, the trunk as a snake, the tusk as a spear, the ear as a fan¿. Until on Sunday, the last mouse runs over and feels the entire elephant and realized ¿the thing¿ is an elephant! The author/illustrator offers the reader a visual feast: the mice are as colorful as a rainbow. The pure black background makes various colorful images stand out and make the scampering mice wonderfully appear like on a screen. The illustrations are so life-like that one can feel the textures of the paper collage. The size of part of elephant and the size of the mice are placed in striking contrast. This book will help youngsters explore the concept of color, the day of the week and the sequence of the accounting.
alebarbu on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Young, E. (1992). Seven blind mice. New York: Philomel Books. One day, seven blind mice find a ¿Something¿ by their pond, and set out to investigate what it is. On each day of the week, a different mouse touches the ¿Something¿ on a different area, and they all come back with a different idea of what it is. Not until the seventh mouse sets out to investigate the whole ¿Something¿ does it realize that it actually is an elephant. This story is a retelling of an Indian fable, and effectively conveys for children the importance of ¿seeing the whole¿ of a situation or a person. This book is visually arresting: black pages with white text; mice and objects/animal they describe in watercolors (one color per mouse and the corresponding item it ¿discovers¿); elephant in paper collage. The mice have white dots for eyes except the white mouse that has grey dots -maybe not coincidentally, it is the mouse that ¿sees¿ the whole picture. A great book to teach young children about colors, days of the week and numbers until 7 in addition to the moral of the story. Ages 2 to 6. Compared to Brown Bear, this book has a newer feel in the illustrations, which makes sense since Brown Bear is much older. Also, I think the black background works better than a white background (which is the case in Brown Bear) for a book about colors: It really makes them stand out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great take on an old tale. Instead of blind scholars, blind mice investigate the unknown object and each have a different take on what  it is until finally the last mouse knows. This is a must see the picture book as a good deal of the story is in the pictures. Great to teach  colors and compare animal parts to other things, like walls and rope. For a little older children it teaches about finding out all the facts before coming to a conclusion.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Seven blind Mice by Ed Young is without a doubt a must have in any preschool or daycare facility. It starts when seven blind mice explore different parts of an elephant's (an animal that all toddlers-preschoolers know and are fascinated about) body parts but since they are blind they have a hard time guessing what each part is. As they go and explore each part of the elephant they draw conclusions as to what that part is. With this book children are exposed to concepts such as colors, days of the week and the basic parts of an elephant. As each colored mice explores the elephant on different days of the week. The last mice explore the elephant as whole and let the other know what it is. On the last pages of the book it gives a moral that makes you go Aw. and lets you understand the whole book.
JasonWhite More than 1 year ago
This book brings home a very good lesson to young kids. I remember when i was younger that this was my favorite book. The characters are a good choice and ironic because of the message that is put across. This is a book to read every now and then to remind you to look at the big picture because in today's society we can get sucked in and have tunnel vision. I would read this to my future family.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Caldecott: Seven Blind Mice, was a very entertaining book. It kept me guessing what the mice had found. It is a good book for children to use their imaginations. You could do different activities to go along with the story that the children could create. I liked this book. Ed Young, winner of the 1990 Caldecott Medal, has illustrated over 40 books for children, four of which he has also written.He cites the philosophy of Chinese painting as his inspiration. ¿A Chinese painting is often accompanied by words,¿ explainsYoung. ¿They are complementary. There are things that words do that pictures never can, and likewise, there are images thatwords can never describe.¿ Ed Young was born in Tienstin, China. He grew up in Shanghai and later moved to Hong Kong. He came to the United Statesas a young man on a student visa. A graduate of the Los Angeles Art Center, Young has since taught at the Pratt Institute, YaleUniversity, Naropa Institute, and the University of California at Santa Cruz. He currently lives with his wife inHastings-on-Hudson, New York. The book, Seven Blind Mice, is about seven blind mice. They go walking through the field and find something one day. Each mouse goes a different day to try to figure out what it is. Each mouse thinks it is something different from the other mice. 6 of the mice go and they argue about what they have found. But, when the 7th mouse goes then they discover what it really is. In a way all the mice was correct in their guesses. ¿One day seven blind mice were surprised to find a strange Something by their pond. What is it? They cried, and they all ran home¿. This is the part of the story where they discover the ¿thing¿ in the field. ¿On Tuesday, Green Mouse set out. He was the second to go. It¿s a snake, he said¿. This is the second day that the mice try to figure out what the ¿thing¿ was. Young, Ed. Seven Blind Mice. New York: Scholastic Inc., 1992. Grade Level: 1st
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was an assigned reading for a children's literature class that I am taking. This would be a woderful book to aid in teaching days of the week, colors, and counting. It would be fun to use to get the children to think about what they would think a item is if they could not see the item.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Seven Blind Mice is an excellent story about seven mice that are blind they are called Red, Green, Yellow, Purple, Orange, Blue, and Gray.They find something and didn¿t what it is.Each mouse takes it¿s turn to guess what it is. I like how they all use their imagination. I think is an incredible by how they try to find out what it is.It¿s a nice book to make you happy
Guest More than 1 year ago
My daughter spent endless hours reading this book and looking at the illustrations. This is a must have for all at home libraries!!