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The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse

by Lorinda Bryan Cauley

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I enjoyed the Town Mouse and the Country Mouse by Lorinda Bryan Cauley. First, the characters were incredibly entertaining. The country mouse and the town mouse were each described carefully. The country mouse enjoyed collecting food for his supper and cooking with fresh ingredients. He lives a simple life and reads books in his tiny hidey-hole. Meanwhile, the town mouse enjoys adventure and eating the fine foods of the city. Seeing the differences between the two mice made this book very enjoyable.

Second, the illustrations added to the story because they provided important details that were not mentioned in the text. For example, in the country mouse's cottage, there is a basket of walnuts, cases made of twine, and tiny needle point on the wall. All of these elements add to the country environment. However, in the town mouse's home, the illustrator chooses to portray rugs made out of fancy handkerchiefs, a hat stand made from matches and a spool of thread, and a vase of silk flowers as home decor. Obviously these details added to the reading experience immensely.

Overall, the main message of this AESOP retelling is that people commonly choose to live their lives in the way they grew up. It's important to experience other ways of life, but there is nothing wrong with returning home eventually. ( )
  ElanaRubinstein | Apr 4, 2016 |
I liked this book. I thought that the illustrations were very beautiful and truly enhanced the story. The illustrations gave the story a more whimsical feel by the depictions of the mice's homes, clothing, and expressions. I also liked this book because the plot had a good pace, was well organized and added some suspense occasionally. The author created a good flow to the plot that kept the readers engaged. The message from this story is that everyone has a different perspectives or cultures and we can appreciate those different cultures. ( )
  lmorte1 | Sep 16, 2015 |
I always love stumbling across unfamiliar retellings of old favorites, and Linda Bryan Cauley's The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse - the fourth version of this classic Aesopian fable I have read for my recent Aesop project, following upon the editions done by Jan Brett, Janet Stevens, and Carol Jones - is no exception!

The story of two mouse cousins, one rural and one urban, who try life as the "other half" lives it, and decide to stick with what they know, is ably retold here. Cauley's appealing illustrations (watercolor?), have a cute "Brambly Hedge" style to them, that complements the narrative. All in all, a solid adaptation of this favorite fable, recommended to all young Aesop lovers! ( )
  AbigailAdams26 | Mar 31, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0399220097, Hardcover)

A town mouse and a country mouse exchange visits and discover each is suited to his own home.

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A town mouse and a country mouse exchange visits and discover each is suited to his own home.

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