City Mouse and Country Mouse
Williams, Rozanne Lanczak
. Creative Teaching Press . Cypress, CA
PZ8.2.W555 Ci 1994 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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A short stop on the way to celebrate twin nieces at Christmas time yielded this book in a toy store that had suffered the ravages of Christmas shoppers. 9 x 6¼. The book's approach makes the story suitable for very young readers. Each pair of pages contrasts the two mice: what they eat, where they sleep, what they run away from. They trade. Then they do not like what they find in the other place. (This segment is untrue to the traditional TMCM tale, in which the country mouse enjoys the city food.) The prize picture has the city mouse spitting out a country seed (11). The country mouse's expression eating cheese on the facing page is also excellent (10). On the last page they again exclaim Let's trade places!