The Complete Story of the Three Blind Mice by John W. Ivimey

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La Coccinelle

How… creepy.

Well, it is a song about some mice who get their tails chopped off. I didn’t realize, however, that the mice started out being able to see. In this version, they fell into a bramble hedge after being chased by a cat, which scratched their eyes and made them blind. Then the farmer’s wife cuts off their tails.

But not to worry! They smell a chemist’s and get a bottle of “Never Too Late to Mend”, which grows their tails back and restores their eyesight. So they learn a trade and open a

How… creepy.

Well, it is a song about some mice who get their tails chopped off. I didn’t realize, however, that the mice started out being able to see. In this version, they fell into a bramble hedge after being chased by a cat, which scratched their eyes and made them blind. Then the farmer’s wife cuts off their tails.

But not to worry! They smell a chemist’s and get a bottle of “Never Too Late to Mend”, which grows their tails back and restores their eyesight. So they learn a trade and open a business. As you do when you’re magically healed of a seemingly permanent condition…

The illustrations of the mice running around with their stumpy tails are kind of unnerving. Actually, so is the whole premise. And I don’t know if this book is meant to follow the song or what, but the text has extra lines that seem to throw off the rhythm. I’m not sure why.

This is a fun read if you want to see a really old picture book, but for today’s kids, I think I’d give it a pass.

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Molly

Hmh….

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Shannon Lionheart

I don’t think I’ve ever heard the full rhyme, it’s really cute and beautiful illustrations.

Nicola

Jul 24, 2017

Nicola

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did not like it

Miss 2 and I like to explore different books at the library and try to get different ones out every week or so. This one wasn’t for us. I found the extended rhyme a bit annoying to read and she’s so empathetic that she got really upset / frightened by the mice getting maimed (even though they do end up magically healed at the end of the book).

Melissa Namba

an interesting extension of the nursery rhyme. some kids will enjoy it and probably memorize it. others will find it repetitive and pedantic.

Sandarassa Gebami

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I understand that nursery rhymes were intended to teach children lessons and morals, but as an adult [they] are [all] awfully creepy and morbid.

Star Obimbo

Mar 19, 2017

Star Obimbo

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really liked it

why three blind mice ???
They were blind then got their sight back.

Stephanie

Ivimey expands on the story of the three blind mice, providing details of their quest before and after the dreaded ‘carving knife’ incident. At first, they set off for some fun and adventure. Having to spend the first night on the road sleeping in a field, their lot gets progressively worse, until they are begging a farmer for scraps of food. The generous farmer obliges them, and after eating, they dance for joy, only to irritate the farmer’s wife, who fetches the cat. The mice flee, only to ha
Ivimey expands on the story of the three blind mice, providing details of their quest before and after the dreaded ‘carving knife’ incident. At first, they set off for some fun and adventure. Having to spend the first night on the road sleeping in a field, their lot gets progressively worse, until they are begging a farmer for scraps of food. The generous farmer obliges them, and after eating, they dance for joy, only to irritate the farmer’s wife, who fetches the cat. The mice flee, only to have their eyes scratched out by briars. The three mice loose their minds, and run after the farmer’s wife, who promptly cuts off their tails. The mice are desolate, and seek help from a chemist, surely a ‘pharmacist,’ who befriends them and gives them a tonic that will re-grow their tails and restore their sight! After the wisdom gained from their ordeal, the proud mice settle with purpose to perform their learned trade.
I really enjoyed reading this story online. It made me realize how technology makes information easily accessible and completely available to anyone, anywhere with access to a computer. I especially enjoyed browsing through the ‘historical’ mother goose, noting familiar illustrations and styles I would find if I happened upon a book from my grandparent’s childhood. These digital files also act to preserve the historical significance of early Mother Goose, and other publications no longer produced.
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Jeanine

Three Blind Mice by John Ivimey, illustrations by Walton Carbould, is the original telling. This classic mother goose tale is intended for ages three and older. These mice have one misfortune after the other causing them to lose their sight and even their tales. However, all is not lost they do run into some good fortune towards the end of our depressing tale. With this nursery rhyme, see what other books/stories children can name where a mouse or mice is our main character. For the older childr
Three Blind Mice by John Ivimey, illustrations by Walton Carbould, is the original telling. This classic mother goose tale is intended for ages three and older. These mice have one misfortune after the other causing them to lose their sight and even their tales. However, all is not lost they do run into some good fortune towards the end of our depressing tale. With this nursery rhyme, see what other books/stories children can name where a mouse or mice is our main character. For the older children ask them why do they believe the farmers wife became angry when her husband shared cheese with them. Some view this tale as violent, but due to the books I’ve read this seems like a regular tale of mice. I was taken aback while reading this version, but that was due to my lack of memory of the original story. Many retelling’s have been created, where less violent events occur. The illustrations are classically beautiful, just like our story. At times they are only in a black and white hue, and other pictures are accompanied by red, green, and blue on our tiny companions. I like the story, it will make children ask why. They are use to the Disney way of life, and this story clearly shows that to no be true. I also like this Mother Goose rhyme because of the story Witches by Roald Dahl. When I was a little girl, I always had that connection when reading his book, or watching the movie.
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Stacy Bowden

The Complete Version of Ye Three Blind Mice by John W. Ivimey is a wonderfully illustrated story about the lives of three little mice who decide to venture out into the world looking for adventure, but finding hardship. Illustrations are simple, small sketches that support the accompanying text in both action and feeling. I found myself feeling sorry for the little mice as they continued to experience violent situations such as homelessness, starvation, and maiming. The story of the little mice
The Complete Version of Ye Three Blind Mice by John W. Ivimey is a wonderfully illustrated story about the lives of three little mice who decide to venture out into the world looking for adventure, but finding hardship. Illustrations are simple, small sketches that support the accompanying text in both action and feeling. I found myself feeling sorry for the little mice as they continued to experience violent situations such as homelessness, starvation, and maiming. The story of the little mice ends on a happy note with the restoration of their eyesight and economic prosperity. Knowing that many early stories contained violent elements and where not intended solely for children, I was still shocked at the amount of violence that the little mice endured. Though I doubt I would obtain approval to use this story in a general education classroom, if I were to use this in the classroom, I could have the students compare and contrast the original, complete version against the version that they know today. I enjoyed reading this story electronically online. It was easy to locate and read, however, the “old school” side of me still finds something comforting and enjoyable about having the physical book in my hands. (Source – Professor – www.childrensbooksonline.org/Three_Bl…)
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Robby Burke

May 10, 2016

Robby Burke

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The Complete Story of the Three Blind Mice by John W. Ivimey

Motif: Animals acting human like.

Setting: Three mice wandering around, looking for adventure but discover some hardship along the way.

Illustration: The book cover and illustration of the characters are somewhat blend. Not too much color is given in the book.

Summary/Plot: The story reflects on the three mice looking for adventure. After a cold night sleeping in the open and a wasted search for food, they go hide in a farmer’s house. Th

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The Complete Story of the Three Blind Mice by John W. Ivimey

Motif: Animals acting human like.

Setting: Three mice wandering around, looking for adventure but discover some hardship along the way.

Illustration: The book cover and illustration of the characters are somewhat blend. Not too much color is given in the book.

Summary/Plot: The story reflects on the three mice looking for adventure. After a cold night sleeping in the open and a wasted search for food, they go hide in a farmer’s house. The farmer shares his cheese with them, but his wife becomes upset and calls for the cat. The mice leap out the window into prickly bush, where they lose their sight and then their tails to the farmer’s wife’s knife.

Critique: To be honest, I never knew the story of the three blind mice. I was shocked to read about this story, and felt sad for these poor mice. I feel that there is a sense of discomfort and pain, as they try to navigate their way through life. I feel that book does have some humor to it, but I feel that the message is depressing.

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Sarah Alexander

This is the story of the three blind mice. What is different in this story than the commonly sung nursery rhyme is that it goes through the whole life of the mice. It starts the tale with three bored mice and follows them describing how they became blind and how they lives ended up. I enjoyed reading this story and really liked it, although I was not a big fan of the illustrations. There was just something off-putting I found in the images. I didn’t like how one page would be in black and white
This is the story of the three blind mice. What is different in this story than the commonly sung nursery rhyme is that it goes through the whole life of the mice. It starts the tale with three bored mice and follows them describing how they became blind and how they lives ended up. I enjoyed reading this story and really liked it, although I was not a big fan of the illustrations. There was just something off-putting I found in the images. I didn’t like how one page would be in black and white and the next colored. I thought it would have been nice in all color or all black in white but the combination didn’t work well for me in this particular story. I thought that this would be a good story to use in the classroom to help the students with rhyming and rhythm. My reaction to the story was I thought it was a wonderful tale of Mother Goose’s three Blind Mice and I enjoyed seeing the mice move throughout their journey and discover how they became blind, but the illustrations threw me off a little.
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Amanda Howell

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This book follows three mice around as they explore the world. As they venture away from home they realize that the world is a dangerous place.

This book mixed black and white and colored pictures. I think that I enjoyed the black and white sketches more than the colored pictures because they were very detailed. I have never read a book online like this and I thought that it as was helpful to just have to book online and be able to click through the pages. It was ea

Picture Book Log: Mother Goose

This book follows three mice around as they explore the world. As they venture away from home they realize that the world is a dangerous place.

This book mixed black and white and colored pictures. I think that I enjoyed the black and white sketches more than the colored pictures because they were very detailed. I have never read a book online like this and I thought that it as was helpful to just have to book online and be able to click through the pages. It was easy to read and the book was broken up nicely.

I could use this book in a classroom and project it onto the SmartBoard. The students could interact with the story and turn the pages themselves. It is nice to be able to get students into the lesson and actually moving around with the book instead of them just having to sit there and listen to the story being read.

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Mandy Scheuren

John W. Ivimey retains the exact form and rhythm of the original version; however he begins with three small mice bored with life at home that set off to find adventure. After a cold night sleeping in the open and a wasted search for food, they go hide in a farmer’s house. The farmer shares his cheese with them, but his wife becomes upset and calls for the cat. The mice leap out the window into prickly bush, where they lose their sight and then their tails to the farmer’s wife’s knife. Luckily a
John W. Ivimey retains the exact form and rhythm of the original version; however he begins with three small mice bored with life at home that set off to find adventure. After a cold night sleeping in the open and a wasted search for food, they go hide in a farmer’s house. The farmer shares his cheese with them, but his wife becomes upset and calls for the cat. The mice leap out the window into prickly bush, where they lose their sight and then their tails to the farmer’s wife’s knife. Luckily a kindly Dr. Hare is able to heal them to get better and they return home to settle down. Ivimey does a great job entering humor into his illustrations, keeping the story exciting.
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Jacqilynn Castleton

I was not to fond of this book because I felt that it was boring. The coloring in the book was dull and there was a lot of white spots. The thing that bothered me the most was that I didn’t remember the story being told that way. I do feel that children would like this story about three mice but as I got older, I didn’t really enjoy it that much. This book is a classic and will probably be told for a very long time so it is good for students to read about it so they can read it to their children
I was not to fond of this book because I felt that it was boring. The coloring in the book was dull and there was a lot of white spots. The thing that bothered me the most was that I didn’t remember the story being told that way. I do feel that children would like this story about three mice but as I got older, I didn’t really enjoy it that much. This book is a classic and will probably be told for a very long time so it is good for students to read about it so they can read it to their children. This is a very easy read so it could definitely be apart of a teachers library in the classroom.
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Shawn Thrasher

Ivimey took the old song and gave it a overhauled it back in the turn of the last century. Galdone’s illustrations are always a delight, but if you go find the original illustrations by Walton Corbould (Edwardian mice who look like they stepped out of Beatrix Potter or E.M. Forster) you may wonder why publishers thought the book needed refurbished. I’m also not sure this works as a picture book at all; when all is said and done, it’s a song not a story. But it’s still cute, and worth a look.

Lindsey Richard

Simple pictures throughout, but the words rhyme and make for a fun story for kids to read or listen to. The three blind mice are in other stories that children are familiar with, like Shrek, so it will be a good connection for them.

Alida

Jun 15, 2010

Alida

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really liked it

I’ve always hated the three blind mice little rhyme for its “jolly” crude cruelty. This books gives me a happy ending where the mice recover their vision, but you gotta read it to see how.

Cara

This was a cute classic story. It’s been a very long time since I’d read it and my son loved the book. Cute pictures that show exactly what happening in the story.

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I never read this, then what’s the rating drama?

Cece

Feb 14, 2010

Cece

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did not like it

The book was ok. Three mice have an adventure. There is some repetition throughout the story.

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