Mouse Paint by Ellen Stoll Walsh – Book Review

Mouse Paint by Ellen Stoll WalshI decided to read Mouse Paint by Ellen Stoll Walsh to my daughter because I saw her staring at the front cover.

The cover image shows three white mice holding paint brushes as each stands on a different color background.

The text is written in both English and Spanish, but after my adventure trying to read Language Nursery I decided to skip the Spanish and just read the book to my baby in English.

Mouse Paint is intended to do one thing: teach children the concept of mixing primary colors to create secondary colors. Walsh uses three white mice who climb into jars of paint to show the concept to young readers. With one red mouse, one yellow mouse, and one blue mouse, there are three subsequent color combinations with turn into orange, green, and purple.

The images of the mice are paper cut-outs which give the animals a unique look that contrasts with the pure color backgrounds. A grey cat also appears in some pages to provide context to the story.

The story begins with the mice staying on a white piece of paper to ensure that they remain invisible to the cat. Once the cat goes the sleep, the mice jump into the jars of paint. As they play in the colorful puddles of primary colors, the mice learn that mixing two different primary colors creates a new color. Using their newfound knowledge the mice use brushes to pain the paper six different colors, but make sure to leave some of it white to allow them to hide from the cat.

Mouse Paint is a terrific book for teaching the concept of colors. School-age children will be able to learn their three primary colors as well as what happens when two primary colors and mixed to create a new color. The book is a bit long for young readers with more than a dozen words on each pair of pages. But as vehicle for adults to teach colors to children, there is no better book than Mouse Paint.

Mouse Paint costs (including shipping) under $6 new and under $4 used from Amazon.