The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse: An Aesop Fable Retold & Illustrated by Bernadette Watts
. North-South Books . NY, London ,
PZ8.2.W35 To 1998 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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©1998 by Nord-Süd Verlag AG, Gossau Zürich and first published in Switzerland under the title Stadtmaus und Landmaus. This lovely edition has lots in it that is different from the traditional story, starting with the CM's ability to look across the meadow to the town. She thus goes to town not because she is invited but because she is curious about what city mice eat. The TM rescues her as she finds herself scurrying around distraught. A great illustration shows the underground passage through which she is led. Finally she is led to a kitchen where many mice are devouring all sorts of food. The CM eats so much cheese that she gets a stomachache. She sleeps in town, but soon asks--without any attacks previously or now--to go back home. A few days later the TM visits her with a gift of some cheese. The CM's home seems so small to the TM. She likes the berries which she is fed, but prefers her own home. At the end, each went her own way, back to the home she loved. This is probably the least violent TMCM that I have read.