210. “Seven Blind Mice” by Ed Young

Seven blind mice (of seven different colors) discover something strange by the pond. They want to find out what it is, so one by one, and day by day, they make a trip to the strange “something” and come back with a verdict. The red mouse claims it is a pillar, another that it is a cliff, snake, or a rope, but only the seventh, white mouse makes a thorough analysis of the ENTIRE “something” and  decides it is an elephant.

What do children get from this old Indian fable, so compellingly retold and illustrated by Ed Young? Next to colors, cardinal and ordinal numbers, days of the week, they also learn  that “knowing in part may make a fine tale, but wisdom comes from seeing the whole.” A great lesson not only for children. If we all bothered to always see things in their integrity, the world would be a much better place, with fewer conflicts…

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