City Mouse and Country Mouse
. Quarto Publishing , St. Martin's Press . London
PZ8.2.Y69 Ci 1996 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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First published in the USA by St. Martin's Press. This book comes with a kit for making the two mice. It can be viewed at http://aesop.creighton.edu/jcupub/soft_sculptures.htm. The soft-sculpture mice appear several times in this twenty-four page pamphlet. Godfrey and Young work together to make this a very lively booklet. I have enjoyed it thoroughly. The illustrations are frequent, fun, and well integrated with the text. Enjoy, for example, the country mouse skipping through the countryside in spring with a carrot in his paw (4). In fact, it is his desire to share the resulting carrot cake that leads him to write a postcard inviting his city cousin. The city mouse's first request in the country is for a shower, and he gets a cold one in the spring gurgling up at the back of the country house (9). Country mouse notices a live caterpillar on his guest's spoon while they eat field soup. He shouts Lucky you! Are you going to save it till last? The next day, the two are almost hit by a nut thrown in fun by the squirrel. They travel to town in a crate of eggs. When they arrive at home in the city, many mice appear from holes in the baseboard. Together they throw a lavish welcome party with various courses for the country mouse, who falls asleep during it and must be carried off to bed. The morning brings encounters with a vacuum cleaner and a mouse trap, both new to the visitor. In the pantry, they encounter a cat. That frightening experience is enough to send the country mouse back home. Both declare that night There's no place like home. I will shelve one booklet with the kit and one among the books.