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Town Mouse and the Country Mouse

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Another in our popular series of shaped books tellling the still pertinent story of two ways of life. Good stories never lose their power. Aesop, an ancient Greek, first wrote this tale of a country mouse who samples the life of her city cousin, and finds the simple peace of the country far preferable. Ethel Hays, the illustrator, has changed the cousins from male to femaile so that she can indulge her talent for rendering beautifully dressed mouse ladies. Even the country mouse's Sunday best is outshone by the ...
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Overview

Another in our popular series of shaped books tellling the still pertinent story of two ways of life. Good stories never lose their power. Aesop, an ancient Greek, first wrote this tale of a country mouse who samples the life of her city cousin, and finds the simple peace of the country far preferable. Ethel Hays, the illustrator, has changed the cousins from male to femaile so that she can indulge her talent for rendering beautifully dressed mouse ladies. Even the country mouse's Sunday best is outshone by the city mouse's complex and fashionable wardrobe.

When the town mouse and the country mouse visit each other, they find they prefer very different ways of life.

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Gr 1-3A fast-paced, yet poetic retelling of the well-loved fable, enhanced with Hannon's charming illustrations. This version features two female cousins, both of whom learn the lesson ``there's no place like home.'' The full-bled artwork depicts the anthropomorphized mice (life-sized on some pages) in sun or hearth-lit scenes. The print is large and easy on the eyes. Unfortunately, some of the brilliant color and sharp details of the cover illustration are lost on the interior pictures where the printing is dulled by inferior paper quality. Nonetheless, this is a fine choice for beginning readers whether or not they are familiar with the story.Gale W. Sherman, Pocatello Public Library, ID
Ilene Cooper
The tale of the town mouse and his country cousin has been told many times before, but this version will be appreciated by a slightly older crowd, who will like Craig's strip design, which alternates with full-page art, as well as the occasional cartoon effects, such as a cat leaping out of the boxed design. In a departure from the usual renditions of the fable, Craig has personalized her characters, naming them Charlie and Tyler, and she adds embellishments to the story. For instance, at the conclusion, Tyler puts on his top hat, white tie, and tails for an evening out at the theater while Charlie's at home counting the stars. There's plenty of visual detail to enjoy in Craig's watercolor art, and the text is full of fun. Libraries will appreciate this variation on an old favorite.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780823406333
  • Publisher: Holiday House, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/1/1987
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.71 (w) x 10.27 (h) x 0.34 (d)

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