An old tale spun into a new tale for today share differences of living in the city versus the country.

R. Gregory Christie
BIBLIO: 2015, Holiday House, Ages 3 to 5, $16.95.
REVIEWER: Kristi Bernard
FORMAT: Picture Book
ISBN:  9780823423194

City Mouse and Country Mouse are cousins who live very different and separate lives. City Mouse was tired of being awakened in the early morning by the noises in the city of Mousetropolis. City Mouse took a vacation to visit Country Mouse. The two mice ate meagerly meals, heard strange noises from potential predators at night, and attended a jamboree. City Mouse decided it was too hot and too quiet. So both mice hopped a train and headed to Mousetropolis.

Country Mouse noticed everything. There were dancing mice, busy mice and plenty of food. But there was a predator too. This predator loved to eat mice. To escape, City Mouse and Country Mouse quickly went their separate ways. Both were happy in their own environments.

Author R. Gregory Christie is a recipient of the Coretta Scott King Honor Award for illustration. This old tale from Aesop’s fables is reimagined and colorfully illustrated for young readers. Simple sentences depict the emotion of the story and make for a fun read for beginners. Parents will love this treasure for their home library. Teachers will want to open up dialogue about living in the city versus living in the country.