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Mice by Rose Fyleman, illustrated by Lois Ehlert

Ehlert has combined her bright collage illustrations with a poem from Rose Fyleman.  The poem is all about why mice are nice.  They have small faces, pink ears and white teeth.  No one else seems to like mice, because they run around the house at night and nibble on things.  But in the end, mice are nice. 

It’s a very simple poem with a wonderful playful spirit.  Ehlert’s illustrations add to that playfulness with her triangular mice who run their jaunty way through the pages.  The two of them are a delight as they munch on Cheerios in the baggie, try on lipstick, and peek into mirrors.  Ehlert labels objects in her illustrations too, offering new words as vocabulary.

This is one fun picture book filled with bright illustrations and a cheery attitude.  And I think it and mice are nice too.  Appropriate for ages 2-4.

Reviewed from copy received from Beach Lane Books.