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By Ellen Stoll Walsh
A very hungry snake learns the hard way not to be greedy. He gets
excited when he happens to come across ten little, warm and tasty mice
who are fast asleep. His good fortune does not last long.
He gets an empty jar and is ready to fill it up with dinner. He counts each mouse as he adds each one to the jar. His jar has ten inside of it, and he is ready for his dinner. However, one little mouse tells the snake that he sees a very large mouse a short distance away. When the
snake goes to investigate, the ten mice inside the jar get busy and start their escape plan. They begin to rock the jar one way then the other. They succeed in tipping it over and quickly
un-count themselves. When the snake returns, he is sad to see that he had been tricked and his dinner is gone. The snake's hunger is great but his eyesight is not.
Ellen Stoll Walsh has written this sequel to "Mouse Paint" to be just as appealing as the first. "Mouse Count" was commended as a "selection of the Book-of-the-Month Club." Learning to count and greediness does not pay are two concepts to be learned from this exceptional book.
You can count on "Mouse Count" to delight both toddlers and preschoolers alike.
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