The Presumptuous Little Mouse
. Grafalco/National Book Store . Manila
PZ8.2.S869 Pr 2002 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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This sixteen-page pamphlet is one of a series of five books, each with an individual tale, sold together. Other fables in the set include The Fox and the Wolf and The Country Mouse and the Town Mouse. This pamphlet's story runs according to the pattern of the fable about marrying one's daughter to the sun. Here a spirited young female mouse finds a coin, dresses up in a bow, and attracts a great deal of male attention. She rejects all suitors until she finally agrees to marry Earl Cat. The latter does not even wait until the marriage ceremony. In church, he tries to eat her then and there! Her neighbor, Little Rat, has been watching. He helps to rescue her and then marries her.