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Seven Blind Mice

by Ed Young

Published by Philomel, 1992
40 pages
ISBN: 0-399-22261-8

Ages 3-6

An adaptation of the Indian fable "The Blind Men and the Elephant" cleverly uses paper collage set on a black background. The men are recast here as seven brightly colored mice who argue about what the Something is after each one comes in contact with a different part of the elephant. Young has created the elephant out of seven separate pieces of paper which correspond to each mouse's part. Viewers only see the elephant as a whole once the mice have put their heads together to figure out what the Something is. The well-paced text and large, clear illustrations will make this a good choice for reading aloud to groups of preschoolers. CCBC categories: Folklore, Mythology And Traditional Literature.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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