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I think mice
Are rather nice.

Their tails are long,
Their faces small,
They haven't any
Chins at all.
Their ears are pink,
Their teeth are white,
They run about
The house at night.
They nibble things
They shouldn't touch
And no one seems
To like them much.

But I think mice
Are nice.

- Rose Fyleman

Directions: Print out the animal picture and color. Cut out the pictures by cutting on the solid lines and dotted lines. Assemble the picture by connecting each end of the base piece with double-sided or scotch tape so the picture stands up. Print out the page with the poem and the facts and place it in your own poem book. Illustrate the poem. Write your own story or poem and add it to your poem book.


Mice Facts.

The mouse and rat family (Muridae and Cricetidae) is the largest of the Mammal group. They are rodents. They are gnawing and nibbling animals with chisel-like incisor teeth in each jaw. Their teeth grow continuously because gnawing wears them down. Mice are smaller than rats. They are active at night (they are nocturnal). They live in burrows and tunnels made through grass roots. They prefer to eat seeds, grass, and insects.

The small house mouse has soft, brownish fur, a pointed nose, large ears, and a long, hairless tail. It is one of the most destructive pests. It builds its nest from odds and ends of household materials in some out-of-way place.

In the southern United States, small harvest mice lives in fields. They are half the size of house mice. In the northern areas, white-footed deer mice (also called the wood mouse) and meadow mice (also called the field vole) are common.

Any of these may enter homes during the cold weather.