Town Mouse, Country Mouse

Town Mouse, Country Mouse

by Jan Brett


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A story filled with suspense and humor, this classic tale of a town mouse and a country mouse takes a new twist in the imaginative and talented hands of Jan Brett. She introduces two engaging mouse couples eager to get away from their everyday lives. But when they agree to swap homes, they find unexpected adventures around every corner. Lush green scenes alternate with the elegant details of a fine Victorian townhouse to make a sumptuous and stunning picture book.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780698119864
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 12/16/2002
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 113,343
Product dimensions: 8.37(w) x 10.25(h) x 0.13(d)
Lexile: AD630L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

With more than 34 million books in print, Jan Brett is one of the nation's foremost illustrators of children's books.  As a child, she decided to be an illustrator and spent much of her time reading and drawing. As a student at the Boston Museum School, Jan spent many hours in the Museum of Fine Arts. Travel is also a constant inspiration, so with her husband, Joe Hearne, who is a member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, she visits many different countries where she researches the architecture and costumes that appear in her work. Jan lives in a seacoast town in Massachusetts.

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Town Mouse, Country Mouse 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
RebeccaMichelet on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
There were once four mice; two town mice, and two country mice. One day the town mice decided to take a vacation to the country side, and the country mice wanted to live in a town home. When the town mice went into the country, they saw the countryside and wanted to live there; so the country mice, who over heard the town mouse talking to his wife, suggested they switch homes. Once in the town home the country mice had problems with mouse traps, waking up to smoke entering the room, being chased by a cat, and getting caught in the cheese box. The town mice faced problems as well; they could not find blackberries, got caught in the rain, chased by a black bird, and ran into a river otter, hedgehog, and other animals. As they were running away from an owl, they decided to head back home. The country mice, who were being chased by a cat, decided to return to the countryside as well. After arriving to their home, both the town mice and country mice learned, "there's no place like home."
caitsm on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A "grass is greener on the other side" story about 2 sets of mice who decide to switch places with the other. The country mice think the town must be better the the town mice think the country must be better. Each set is faced with the challenges of the other home and learn that the grass really isn't greener.
bspentecost on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a good book to read to students in kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade. This book shows that the grass is not always greener on the other side. The country mice want to leave to go to the city. They think the city life will be easier. The town mice want to go to the country because they think the life is a lot less stressful. They trade places and find out they were wrong. The country mice miss the country and the city mice miss the town. They notice that the altrernate life is not for them. Once they move back the owl and the car talk about trading lives. They should have learned from the mice. This book has such a good moral. I would use this for a read aloud.
cacv78 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Brett, Jan. (1994) Town Mouse, Country Mouse. New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons.In this traditional tale, the author adds new characters to make this story a bit more engaging. There are 2 couples now, a town couple and a country couple of mice. They run into each other as they are out thinking about their present day lives and decide to switch places and homes. As they adjust to their new surroundings, they discover that a country owl and a town cat are making things harder than they thought possible. Both mice couples decide that they don't want to live this way anymore and miss their respective homes so they return to where they came. The end of the story provides an unusual twist where the country owl and the town cat meet and share their desire to exchange places too.What makes this story unique is the introduction of the new characters- the extra mice, the cat and the owl. It does make the story a bit more appealing but it a little longer and complicated as well.
kwiens on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Two mouse couples living in a town are enchanted by the simple life of the country; on a picnic they meet a pair of local mice who want the luxury of the city. Homes are swapped, but they find that this is really not what they wanted. A cat in town and an owl in the country become predators. The owl and cat end up swapping also. Jan Brett's version, the town mice are as charming and naive as their country cousins not like the traditional story was written. Also the original fable depicts country life as utterly tranquil, but the city mice find that it is anything but serene. Brett's narrative alternates the parallel mishaps of the two sets of mice with lively, clean writing of humor. The illustrations are vivid with small detail. The natural fibers of the clothes of the country mice are as realistic in texture as the fine beaded of the town mice. Great book that with details of country and city living. I have read the traditional story, which varied from this one. Her illustrations are amazing and bring great detail to the mice in the story. Very eye catching.This book would be a tool used to teach ways of life and predators of animals. We could use the city and country depiction and make our own model of each mouse with a stuffed toy and doll clothes and recreate the story.
ElenaEstrada on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Town Mouse and Country Mouse by Jan Brett is a classic Aesop fable. The author creates her own variation as she sets the story in England and includes two new characters. The Cat is the villain who is after the country mice in the city, while the Owl is the villain in the country who is attempting to devour the city mice. The country mice soon find out that the ¿comforts¿ of the city are filled with danger as they are unprepared to deal with the ever present Cat. At the same time the city mice also find they are unprepared to survive in the quiet countryside. In a twist, the Cat and the Owl are also prepared to swap places by the end of the story. The moral of the story is that, ¿The grass is always greener in the other side¿. Although the illustrations are beautiful, I think they are a bit too busy and they distract from the original text. Ages: 2-8
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This book was enjoyable as well as exciting to my little sister. She enjoyed the pictures and the theme of the story. This book was adventerous! I like it as well. It relates to the great classic the Tale of Two Cities. Samaurkabo-ball.