Town Mouse and The Country Mouse
. Shanti Publications . Delhi
Shanti 15 .
PZ8.2.I533 Tow 2013 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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One of twenty in the series, found near the counter as we were settling up a large order of books. In An Ant and the Grasshopper, the title was curious for using the indefinite article once and the definite once--and then capitalizing the latter. Here a similar anomaly occurs when one mouse gets the definite article -- and that capitalized inside the title -- and the other gets no article at all. The different English usage continues in the story's last line: I would prefer a safe place than tasty food. The intruder here is the big fat cat, and there is just one interruption of the town meal. The moral is It's better to be safe than sorry. A mysterious female mouse appears in several town pictures but is never mentioned in the text. She is presumably a town mouse wife. Slick computer-generated art on sixteen pages of a pamphlet.