Publishing: Philomel, New York, 1992.
Awards: Caldecott Honor
Description: Seven blind mice encounter a new object, and each day a different one tries to discern what the object is. They each come up with different answers (a cliff, a rope, a spear, a pillar) and argue about which it is. Finally, the last mouse explores the whole object and discovers that the object is all of these things and none of these things: it is an elephant. Young states that the moral is: “Knowing in part may make a fine tale, but wisdom comes from seeing the whole.”
Programming: I think it would be fun to do a sensory activity (possibly before reading the story). This might be filling easter eggs or small containers with different objects and having students guess what is in them (sand, flour, pebbles, etc), or it might be having them be blindfolded and reaching in to touch something and guess what it is. After the story, students could discuss what they think the moral means, and maybe apply it to some situations.