The Country Mouse and the City Mouse: A Tale of Tolerance
. Reader's Digest Young Families . Pleasantville, NY ,
PZ8.2.F368 Cou 2006 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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Here is a twenty-page children's picture book that extends onto its back endpaper with tips for parents, including strategies, discussion questions, and activities that grow out of the story. The version of TMCM offered here has several creative twists. Henry seems to show up at Emma's country door with a large gift, but I cannot find out anything more about it. They both enjoy the country meal. Emma has forgotten about picking berries, and so Henry offers to drive them both to town for dessert. His first suggestion was to run to the corner store and get us something sweet, and Emma had to let him know that in the country people grow all their food. They drive to the city in a mouse-sized sportscar. Sweet Treats is right next to Henry's townhouse, with a dessert cart that invites the mice to a feast! They can sneak in under the front door. Pierre, the cook's cat, soon attacks and catches Emma by the tail; Henry has to grab Pierre's whiskers to get Pierre to free his paw from Emma's tail. They run out the back door past Rufus the dog. Henry asks if the dessert was not wonderful, and Emma agrees but asks if was worth all that danger. City life with its excitement is not for her. Henry drives Emma home and promises that he will come again next autumn. The next evening Henry goes out dancing in the city, while Emma settles in at her country home, enjoying turnip and cabbage stew with a nice cup of tea. It seems that tolerance consists in allowing each his or her own.