The Story of Merry Mouse

one moose, twenty mice
Happy International Book Giving Day from the Davis Family

winner of barefoot books giveaway
My grandsons delivering 2 books to the winner!

My daughter sells these lovely Barefoot Books on the east coast. You can learn more about her at, As you can see, one lucky neighbor one two paperback children's books, delivered by my precious grandsons. Have your children ever owned a pet mouse or rat at one time? Wev'e had Sandy the rat and Minnie, the mouse. Just a little bit of blue on the book cover, on Ben's pants and the mouse house. Photos for Blue Monday

If you're not familiar with this one, let me tell you a bit about the book, Barefoot Beginner.

One Moose, Twenty Mice

Count the animals from one to twenty while searching for the cat in this lively hide-and-seek selection that introduces animals like frogs, whales, monkeys, ducks, hens and elephants.

Ages 1 to 4 years
Written By: Stella Blackstone
Illustrated By: Clare Beaton

About The Book 

Many first number books teach pre-school children how to count to ten. This energetic hide-and-seek book goes one step further, helping young readers to count a menagerie of brightly colored felt animals, from one moose to twenty mice. Children will love meeting ladybugs, monkeys, dolphins, and tigers, and there is the added challenge of finding the mischievous ginger cat hiding on every page.

The illustrations are beautiful and counting the animals is fun for the children. 
Let's  have a peek inside!

book illustrations

children's book artwork

paper back book illustrations

One of my most popular posts was making Music Mouse for the Kindergarten Music Class! It was a paper plate filled with rice for a musical tambourine. If interested, visit Meet Music Mouse

Thinking about mice reminds me of another story called Merry Mouse. Have you heard it before?

Merry Mouse by Jill M. Coudron

Once upon a time there was a mouse named Merry. Merry lived with Mama Mouse in a mushroom patch on Monster Mountain.

Merry and Mama were mail mice. They delivered mail to each mouse hole on Monster Mountain. Sometimes they had mail for Mr. Monster, who lived at the very top of the mountain.

One Monday morning, Merry woke up to find marks all over his body - red, scratchy, uncomfortable marks! What was the matter with Merry? Mama Mouse had never seen marks like these. Merry felt miserable.

Merry and Mama decided to climb Monster Mountain to see Mr. Monster. He was kind and wise and could solve anyone's problems. Since it was a mile to the top of the mountain, Mama and Merry rested in the middle.

"My, my," said Mr. Monster as he rubbed his mustache and looked Merry over. "M-M-M-M-M...," he said, as he checked Merry's marks. (Make the sound of the letter M.) Mr. Monster finally said, "Merry, you have the measles!"

Mr. Monster mixed some medicine for Merry to take until the marks disappeared. He also gave Merry special mittens to wear to keep from scratching. The mittens had Ms on them. He told Merry to get lots of rest until Monday morning came again. Mama and Merry thanked Mr. Monster and went back down the mountain to get Merry well again. Mama delivered the mail alone each day while Merry rested.

When Monday morning came again, Merry looked in the mirror and saw that his marks were gone. He called, "Mama, Mama, my marks are missing!"

To thank Mr. Monster for making Merry well, Mama and Merry made muffins, and took them up the mountain to him. As they munched on the muffins, they all said, "M-M-M-M-M-M!"

stuffed moose in toy store

I've seen a real moose in Maine and Utah before; such a spectacular sight. Around the holidays and especially in toy stores, you'll find some moose dolls and puppets for the children. Photo for Mandarin Orange Monday

Happy Reading!

“You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me.” — C. S. Lewis
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  1. Delightful post and love the Moose too! Great photos for MOM ^_^

    ps ~ Am your latest GFC follower ^_^

  2. I've never heard of the Moose, but it sounds good.

    Have a good Blue Monday, D.

  3. Our grandsons had two pet rats. They really had fun with them.I had a white rat when I was a kid too. I admit I would not be inclined to ever have one again. A fun post today and I enjoyed it so much.
    xo, Jeanne

  4. What a cute mouse. My kids had hamsters.

    I played too. Mine are here and here.

  5. Such a cutie!

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