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One moose twenty mice

Text & Illustrations: Clare Beaton

One Moose, Twenty Mice by Clare Beaton is an attractive book with images that kids love to explore. Each page is filled with animals and there is a cat that is hiding in each one. Can they find it?

This is a great story for practising counting to 20, learning animal vocabulary and learning phrases such as, “Where’s the cat?”

Family Activities

Participation between parents and children during play contributes to building a close, reciprocal, and interactive relationship. When the child sees that their parents share their experiences, feelings and thoughts with them, they learn how to participate, and this provides the opportunity for the ...

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Dear Parents,

Who will find the cat? Where will he hide each time? This is an interactive book that provides an opportunity for shared reading with our child. It is also interactive as it invites us to search for the cat every time, and to play with our child, sometimes by participating in the search and sometimes by competing over who will find the cat first.

Participation between parents and children during play contributes to building a close, reciprocal, and interactive relationship. When the child sees that their parents share their experiences, feelings and thoughts with them, they learn how to participate, and this provides the opportunity for the child to share their experiences and feelings as well.

Another theme that the book highlights is the questions that may come to our children's minds: Will my parents find me if I hide like a cat? Am I that important for them to look for me and find me? Am I lovable enough not to disappear? Is it possible for my parents not to love me in some situation?

Several existential questions worry children in the kindergarten stage. These concerns are related to the extent of their parents' love for them in addition to the evolutionary fear of abandonment; It is a natural and expected fear at this age, and some children may be more fearful than others. Those children who deal with this fear, which is often subconscious, are more sensitive to “hiding and disappearing.”

That is why children need to hear that they are loved from their parents, and we, as parents, should repeatedly assure them as such: "I love you. It doesn't matter where you hide. Dad and Mom will always find you! They will kiss you and hug you!"

Family Activities

  • Let’s talk:
  • • About feelings: The cat hid in different place every time. If you were the cat, where would you hide? Who would you like to search for you? Who would you like to find you?
  • • About passion and love of knowledge: Our encounter with living creatures in the book can be interesting and can excite us. Together with our children, we can imagine that we met the cat. What do we like to know about it? What do we like to ask it?
  • • About our favourite games: We can share the games we enjoyed in our childhood with our children, and we can also play with them.
  • Let’s create:
  • • The book employs the collage technique by using sewing. We can make a special book for our child, using fabrics, buttons, and old clothes. Together, we can choose the animal we want to hide.
  • Let’s learn and have fun:
  • • We can browse through the book, counting the animals on each page with our children. We can also allow the child to count independently.
  • Let’s enrich our language:
  • • The book is rich in vocabulary and linguistic concepts, such as: runs; creeps; tub; enormous. We can explain them to our children while reading, and we can talk about them afterwards as well so we can use them in our everyday life.
  • Let’s have fun and play together:
  • • We can enjoy the company of children by searching for the orange cat.
  • • The game of hide-and-seek is presented in the book. We can play it with our kids at home.
  • Let’s explore:
  • • Unfamiliar animals in our nearby environment appeared in the book, such as a deer, a dolphin and a crab. We can learn about living creatures, and with our children, we can search for information about them. We can classify them into the following: sea creatures; insects; birds; Predators; Pets.
  • Enjoy your reading!

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