One busy ant… two flying birds…. three bustling spiders …


One busy ant… two flying birds…. three bustling spiders …


On a sunny day, behind the trees Mouse feels a bit lonely. Setting off to find some friends, Little Mouse counts them as he goes.

One busy ant… two flying birds…. three bustling spiders …

His friends are caught up in their own activities, and don’t notice Little Mouse at all!

Sad and lonely with no one to play with, but then relieved and happy! Mouse’s friends are true, and arrive in time to remind Little Mouse that friendship is there, waiting for us, even when our friends are busy. 

Little learners love to count forwards and backwards with Little Mouse!

Interactive, engaging, with a rhyme and cadence that is perfect for small children.

Book details:

  • A great book for ages 2  – 5
  • Learning numbers with adorable animals
  • Counting to ten forwards and backwards
  • A wonderful rhyming story about true friendship

Watch the book trailer

Get free counting activity sheets


Learn to count with Little Mouse! These adorable counting activity sheets were drawn by the lovely Rachel Batislaong, the illustrator of Little Mouse.

All animals from the book can be found on the activity sheets and make counting forwards and backward so much fun!

You can also watch the fun counting song here and get the song text!


“Jana Buchmann demonstrates a musician’s timing and a poet’s skill in this perfectly penned book for aspiring little readers. The story, which centers on being disappointed when things don’t go your way, is easy to follow and is relevant for young children. The counting lesson is delivered in such a beautiful and engaging way that kids won’t even realize they are mastering their numbers. The colorful illustrations are divine, embellishing an already wonderful story. I highly recommend Who Wants To Play With Little Mouse? by Jana Buchmann to anyone with toddlers or preschoolers at home, as it is an easy-to-grasp story that teaches counting and important lessons in such a way that every child will be eager to learn.” -Amanda Murello for Indies Today

A lovely blend of academic and emotional learning, Who Wants to Play With Little Mouse? is an enjoyable story to be read aloud to preschool-aged children. -Mary Lanni for Reedsy


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