Review: Mice by Rose Fyleman


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.

Parents Magazine–Best 10 Children’s Books of 2012

Parents Magazine presents their list of the best ten children’s books of the year:


Birds of a Feather by Bernadette Gervais

Green by Laura Vaccaro Seeger


The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell by Chris Colfer

Mrs. Noodlekugel by Daniel Pinkwater, illustrated by Adam Stower

Outside Your Window: A First Book of Nature by Nicola Davies, illustrated by Mark Hearld


Sky Color by Peter H. Reynolds

The Tortoise’s Gift by Lari Don, illustrated by Melanie Williamson

Trains Go by Steve Light


Wonder by RJ Palacio

Z Is for Moose by Kelly Bingham and Paul O. Zelinsky

Tablet: Best Jewish-Themed Kids’ Books of 2012

Tablet: A New Read on Jewish Life has released their list of the top children’s books of 2012 that have Jewish themes.  The list ranges from picture books to teen reads.  Here are their picks:



Bill the Boy Wonder by Marc Tyler Nobleman

A Hen for Izzy Pippik by Aubrey Davis, illustrated by Marie Lafrance


How Do Dinosaurs Say Happy Chanukah? by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague

Jean Laffite: The Pirate Who Saved America by Susan Goldman Rubin, illustrated by Jeff Himmelman

Maccabee Meals: Food and Fun for Hanukkah by Judye Groner and Madeline Wikler, illustrated by Ursula Roma


Monsieur Marceau: Actor without Words by Leda Schubert, illustrated by Gerard DuBois

Oh No, Jonah! by Tilda Balsley, illustrated by Jago

Zayde Comes to Live by Sheri Sinykin, illustrated by Kristina Swarner



Beyond Courage: the Untold Story of Jewish Resistance During the Holocaust by Doreen Rappaport

Curveball: The Year I Lost My Grip by Jordan Sonnenblick

Hereville: How Mirka Met a Meteroite by Barry Deutsch


His Name Was Raoul Wallenberg by Louise Borden

Looking for Me by Betsy Rosenthal

My Awesome/Awful Popularity Plan by Seth Rudetsky


Now by Morris Gleitzman

Small Medium at Large by Joanne Levy

Sons of the 613 by Michael Rubens

The Whole Story of Half a Girl by Veera Hiranandani