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HAPPY EASTER, MOUSE! (If You Give ...series)

Author: Laura Numeroff

Illustrator: Felicia Bond

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Publisher: Balzer and Bray, an Imprint of HarperCollins Publishers,

Material: board book

Summary: Mouse decorates some eggs the night before Easter. In the morning, he finds 1 yellow egg under his bed, 2 red eggs in the kitchen, 3 blue eggs under the chair… Who is hiding all these eggs? This board book couches counting lessons in an Easter theme.

Type of Reading: family reading, playtime reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 1 to 3; read yourself: 4 to 6

Interest Level: 1 to 5

Reading Level: 1.5

Age of Child: Read with children ages 18 months and 3 years old.

Young Reader Reaction: I selected this book, then the boys selected it. My 3 year old loved this book. He loved the counting, finding the eggs in the pictures, and figuring out WHO was hiding all the eggs!

Adult Reader Reaction: I LOVED this book! It is awesome how it can be read at SO many levels, depending on the age of the child! You could JUST look at the pictures (age 9m), you could READ the words (12-18m), you could have your child FIND the eggs (18m — 2.5 years), you could have the child tell you the COLORS of the eggs (2.5-4 years), and you could have your child COUNT up to 6 eggs (age 3-4.5 years). At each stage, you get different interaction from the child, but equal quality! Plus, it’s not too long for those with short attention spans. THis is a VERY well designed book that grows with your child! I also think it’s a year-round book, not just for Easter! We read it in August.

Pros: THis is a VERY well designed book that grows with your child! It is a year-round book, not just for Easter! We read it in August.

Cons: None!

Borrow or Buy: Buy! This is great for Easter but it is one that will be read throughout the year!


Educational Themes: There are lots of things you can do with this book, depending on the age of your child. It is a good selection for young, mixed-age audiences too. You can help kids learn to listen to the story; do seek and find (for infants/toddlers); and color recognition, counting, and solving a “mystery” (toddlers and preschool).

Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, animal characters, Easter, math, counting

Date(s) Reviewed: September 2010

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