# Storybook Guide Based on Ellen Stoll Walsh’s “Mouse Count”

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## Activity Summary

Use this storybook guide with the book “Mouse Count.”
Many public libraries have this book.

In Mouse Count, a snake finds sleeping mice and a big jar in the meadow. The snake counts and places each mouse into the jar until there are ten mice altogether for him to eat. But one of the mice outsmarts him and suggests that the snake should add a big mouse who is nearby. By the time the greedy snake comes back, all of the ten mice have escaped from the jar!

#### Words to Learn

NUMBER WORDS
first, one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten

MATH WORDS
little, big, full, empty, some, all

OTHER WORDS

Your child can practice counting and simple

• We count each object only once as we say each number in turn.
• The last number we say tells us the total number of objects counted so far.
• We say the counting words in order from one to ten.
• We count backward in reverse order from ten to one.
• Counting is adding: When we place one more object in a collection, we just count up by one to find the total number (in this case, of mice).
• EXPLORE COUNTING THE NUMBER OF MICE AND HAVE YOUR CHILD SHOW THE NUMBER ON THEIR FINGERS
How many mice are there? Can you show me that number using your fingers?
• COMPARE THE NUMBER OF MICE
Are there more light or dark mice in the jar? How do you know?