The Town Mouse and the Spartan House [NOOK Book]

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430 BC. Darius has been orphaned by the plague in Athens. To escape the sickness he runs off to join his Uncle Alcmaeon who is a general with the Spartan army. But he finds the Spartan way of life quite shocking. To the arrogant and ruthless Spartans, he is as worthless as a mouse. Then his uncle falls sick and only Darius can find a cure. Now Darius is a hero and his uncle offers him a life of luxury in Sparta. Still Darius finds the brutal Sparta too much and wants to go back to plague-stricken Athens. As Aesop...
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Overview

430 BC. Darius has been orphaned by the plague in Athens. To escape the sickness he runs off to join his Uncle Alcmaeon who is a general with the Spartan army. But he finds the Spartan way of life quite shocking. To the arrogant and ruthless Spartans, he is as worthless as a mouse. Then his uncle falls sick and only Darius can find a cure. Now Darius is a hero and his uncle offers him a life of luxury in Sparta. Still Darius finds the brutal Sparta too much and wants to go back to plague-stricken Athens. As Aesop said, 'Better beans and bacon in peace than cakes and ale in fear.'
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Laura J. Brown
Aesop is a famous Greek storyteller with many stories to tell and lessons to teach. Some of the ideas in the stories Aesop tells are from his own life. He grew up rich in Athens, the finest city in the world. He felt that he was blessed, but one year learned that wealth is not always a blessing. In fact he felt as if his city was cursed by the Gods of Greece. His fine city had enemies, who lived in Sparta, another city of Greece who wanted to conquer Athens. Athens was also hit with a terrible plague that killed many people. Aesop's father was a doctor and he tried to help those who became sick during the plague, but then died of the plague himself. Aesop was deeply saddened by this, but before he had time to truly miss his father, his mother died. Aesop thought he had no hope, and faced more trouble at the hands of Spartans, but his mother's words and his father's wisdom saved his life. This story is one of happiness, tragedy, wit, and wisdom, all in one. It includes a glossary for unfamiliar words, an afterword that provides more information about ancient Greece, internet resources for more information, and a listing of all of the "Read It! Chapter Books: Historical Tales" titles. Reviewer: Laura J. Brown
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781408198841
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 3/1/2007
  • Series: Greek Tales
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 64
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Terry Deary began his writing career with fiction for A&C Black. He is now author of over 140 fiction and non-fiction books, which have been published in 32 languages. His historical fiction for older children Tudor Terror has been praised as "a marvellous blend of fact and fiction" (School Librarian). His non-fiction has been consistently in the best-seller lists since 1994. His Horrible Histories celebrated their 10th anniversary in 2003, having sold 10 million copies worldwide and been adapted as television animations, theatre tours and museum exhibitions. Terry Deary was voted "Outstanding children's non-fiction author of the 20th Century" by Books for Keeps magazine.
Terry Deary began his writing career with fiction for A&C Black. He is now author of over 200 fiction and non-fiction books, which have been published in 40 languages. His historical fiction for older children Tudor Terror has been praised as "a marvellous blend of fact and fiction" (School Librarian). His non-fiction has been consistently in the best-seller lists since 1994. His Horrible Histories celebrated their 15th anniversary in 2008, having sold over 25 million copies worldwide and been adapted as television series, theatre tours and museum exhibitions. Terry Deary was voted "Outstanding children's non-fiction author of the 20th Century" by Books for Keeps magazine.
Helen Flook was born in Wales, lived in Canada, and is now resident once again in Abergwyngregyn, Wales. She has illustrated hundreds of children's books both in the UK and North America, and tends to work with acrylic inks or pen and ink. Helen is A & C Black's resident illustrator for the Terry Deary's Tales books.
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