Milly and Tilly: The Story of a Town Mouse and a Country Mouse
. Dutton Children's Books . NY
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Here is an extra copy of this book. This is an engaging and playful retelling of TMCM. Tilly does her mousework every morning before breakfast in a human-like home inside a tree. Forewarned by a letter that Milly will visit, she begins cooking and cleans again and then worries when Milly does not show up until 6 P.M. They kiss noses, and Milly explains that a snail has carried her bags. Milly eats a great deal but misses cheese. She has trouble sleeping. She stays for several days and is frightened by bees and sheep. She invites Tilly to come back with her. Milly lives inside a dollhouse, but does no cooking there. The treats offered include, of course, cheese, but the cat arrives before they can eat anything. The cat chases them all the way back to the dollhouse. Each mouse likes her own way of life. Tilly runs all the way back home and settles in comfortably to think about her adventures. The picturing is done with lavish and loving detail. Perhaps the single most impressive illustration is that of the dollhouse.