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I Love Meeces to Pieces! (WTRW)

Looking for books about mice to share with your littles? Here's a full listing along with a free craft stick mouse craft tutorial.

Okay, so the title of this post is completely misleading.  I do not, in fact, love mice.  If you said to me, “KT, what are you afraid of?”  I would say, “Rodents with long tails.  Mice. Rats. Possums.”

Shudder.

I would rather run into a lion than a possum.  At least a lion is honest about his intentions.  Possums are sneaky little buggers.  So are mice.  If you ever want to hear me scream my head off, bring a mouse with you.

But.  There is something so completely freaking adorable about illustrated mice.  Isn’t there?  How do illustrators make them look so cute and harmless?  I think the more honest depiction is in that terrible film, Strange Magic, when the girl is all shrunk down and sees the mouse and tries to pet it and it tries to bite her.

Yeah.  So we’ll stick with gorgeous drawings of mice.  You get me?

Books About Mice

What I do love love love are books about mice.  Maybe it’s the same thing in me that loves books about miniature people.  Have you seen the stuff mice use to decorate their homes in picture books?  It’s awesome.  If only I was small enough to use a spool of thread for a dining table, I would live in a happy world.

Littles like to imagine being that small, too.  It makes them feel big, for one thing, and have you ever known a child who didn’t long to be bigger?  (Boy, have they got a surprise coming, huh?)

Looking for books about mice? I've got the goods

The Brambly Hedge Books by Jill Barklem are some of my all-time favorites.  I don’t even have to read the stories.

Looking for books about mice? I've got the goods

Have you seen these illustrations?  I. am. in. love.  Plus, the mouse folk of Brambly Hedge are always helping each other.  They don’t have to Buy Things–they just go to the Store Stump and get what they need.  Because they all contribute and they aren’t selfish.  They only take what they need.  Utopia, anyone?

These stories are so sweet and full of hope and friendship and love.  From Midsummer and Midwinter balls to lost little mice to an adventurous boat ride, there’s something for every little in these pages.  Plus, I’m talking hours of gazing at the illustrations.  Hours.  These books are sure to spark imaginative play.  Especially if you have any Calico Critters laying around.

Looking for books about mice? I've got the goodsIf you’re looking for something a little more mature (?)  The Ralph Mouse series by Beverly Cleary is one of my favorite childhood discoveries.  A mouse that befriends a boy and rides a motorcycle?  And saves the boy?!  I mean, that would be very cool if the mouse was not a real mouse.  Because yuck.

My personal feelings aside, I really did love these books as a child.  A whole lot of problem-solving goes on in them, and sure, we can’t all just ride away in a Hot Wheel when the going gets tough, but maybe your littles will learn a bit about thinking things through and finding solutions.  Plus, the  mouse rides a motorcycle.  I’m just sayin’.

Looking for books about mice? I've got the goods

If you’re looking for something less (?) mature, Kevin Henkes’ collection of mouse picture books is absolutely the thing.  Several of these impacted my childhood, of course, but Chester’s Way is my very, very favorite-ist.  It’s the one of which I still have a well-worn copy on my ‘special books’ shelf.  I know what you’re thinking–it’s not because I have to have my own way all the time.  It’s because of how Chester learns to accommodate others and not be so rigid all the time.

Okay.  It’s the illustrations.

All of Kevin Henkes‘ books are good, though, let’s be honest.

Let’s get a little more real here about another thing.  Maturity, Schmaturity.  Every single one of these books about mice is brilliant and I’m not just saying that.  So who cares how old you are or what ‘grade level’ you’re at?

Read.

Make a Mouse Craft

Make this adorable craft stick mouse craft whle readiing books about mice with your littles!

What you need:

Make this adorable craft stick mouse craft whle readiing books about mice with your littles!

What you do:

Make this adorable craft stick mouse craft whle readiing books about mice with your littles!

  • Paint your craft stick grey

 

Make this adorable craft stick mouse craft whle readiing books about mice with your littles!

  • With craft glue, glue pom to one end of stick for nose

Make this adorable craft stick mouse craft whle readiing books about mice with your littles!

  • Glue eyes into place with craft glue above nose

Make this adorable craft stick mouse craft whle readiing books about mice with your littles!

  • Here’s the mama or dada part:  Run a horizontal strip of hot glue above the eyes and stick the bottle caps on for ears (this is the only thing you need the glue gun for)
  • Cut 4 1/4″ strips of twine
  • Glue strips alongside nose for whiskers

Make this adorable craft stick mouse craft whle readiing books about mice with your littles!

  • Flip mouse over and glue a 3″ piece of twine near the back end for the tail

Make this adorable craft stick mouse craft whle readiing books about mice with your littles!

Voila!

What to Read Wednesday

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Our hosts will still share a themed selection of our favorite books each week.

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KT Brison is a former children’s librarian and educator who gave all that up for the most important job in her life—homeschooling her boys.Though she loves the outdoors and rambling around her farm, she can usually be found with her nose in a book. Any book. As long as it has words.
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KT Brison is a former children’s librarian and educator who gave all that up for the most important job in her life—homeschooling her boys. Though she loves the outdoors and rambling around her farm, she can usually be found with her nose in a book. Any book. As long as it has words.
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4 Comments

  1. I love this! Thank you for sharing. I can’t wait to read some of these with our kids!

  2. These are some of our favorites – especially Kevin Henkes!
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