The Town Mouse & the Country Mouse: An Aesop Fable
. Michael Neugebauer Pub. Ltd. , Michael Neugebauer Publishing . Hong Kong
PZ8.2.A254 Ima 2011 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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I know and love Imai's work from her 2012 German 12 Fabeln von Aesop, done also in English in 2013. This book of just one fable does not disappoint. Its simplicity echoes the good of the Country Mouse's life. Country Mouse wears a simple vest, while Town Mouse has a striped vest and tie. One great picture has the Country Mouse balancing a dish on his head as he serves up multiple platters of simple food. This version puts special emphasis on cheese as part of the sumptuous meal left for the two in town. When the first human intruder appears as a shadow, the Town Mouse is just climbing a ladder up a Swiss cheese. A double-page near the story's end dramatizes their choices well as one mouse goes off left and the other right. A final page needs no words to show the Country Mouse's peaceful enjoyment at home. Of course he is eating cheese!