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Milly and Tilly: Story of a Town Mouse and a Country Mouse (Picture Puffin… (1996)

by Kate Summers

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  BRCSBooks | Dec 1, 2011 |
"Milly and Tilly" is a variant of Aesop's Fable, "The Town Mouse and Country Mouse." The retelling of the story follows the basic plot of the original fable. The town mouse visits the country mouse, only to be disappointed by the simple, yet generous meals the country mouse had to offer. The town mouse suggests they go to the town mouse's home for a fine feast, but their dinner goes awry as they are attacked by the house cat. The country mouse realizes better to have simple meals in peace rather than fancy ones in chaos.

The additional dialogue, narration, details of Milly's and Tilly's homes become too involved at some points of the story - such as the roots of a big, old tree where Tilly lives and the many rooms of Milly's doll house - but ultimately the descriptive language, sensory imagery created, plus the rich, detailed illustrations work to give the reader a sense of how different Milly's and Tilly's lives were. Those differences strengthen the message that it is much easier to live a simple, stable life rather than a materialistic, crazy one.

This book is appropriate for ages 7-9, and works for reading alone or with another person. However, it might be too long for a read-aloud. ( )
  elainevbernal | Nov 17, 2011 |
Long for storytime, story of town mouse/country mouse. ( )
  dangerlibearian | Jan 26, 2011 |
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Tilly was a mouse who lived in the country.
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At least in the country, I enjoy my meals in peace!
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Milly, country mouse, lives in the roots of a big, old tree. Tilly, a city mouse, lives in a huge dollhouse filled with modern conveniences. When Tilly visits the country, she longs for the city, and Milly visiting Tilly, misses the country life. "To each her own" is the message of this timeless and charming story.

"Imaginatively detailed, the soft-stroked illustrations invite youngsters into this charming retelling of a perennially favorite tale." --Booklist

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When a town mouse and a country mouse pay each other visits, the discover that they prefer very different ways of living.

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