Seven Blind Mice

A twist on the tale of the blind men and the elephant, the real pleasure of Ed Young‘s Caldecott Honor Medal book is its illustrations. After all, if you are older than three, you already know the story, but you’ve never seen it quite like this. Technicolor mice scurry across a black backdrop as they try to envision the elephant, which is first a pillar, then a snake, then a spear, and so on. Just in case your kid misses the moral at the end, it’s spelled out (literally) in black and white. The story may be as old as the hills, but the bold, cut-paper illustrations give this folk tale new life. Giggle factor: not applicable. Adult enjoyment: if you like art. Illustrations: four jelly jars (there’s definitely some borrowing from Mouse Paint going on).

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~ by kaychubbuck on June 15, 2010.

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