Three tiny ""fables"" about two mice and the animals that try to catch them -- simple sentences, simple plots. The stories...

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TWO MICE IN THREE FABLES

Three tiny ""fables"" about two mice and the animals that try to catch them -- simple sentences, simple plots. The stories follow formulas, which are explicitly stated at the end in the punchline morals. The first story is a series of contrasts, between the inside mouse and outside mouse. The second is a series of conflicts between an owl and a raccoon ""who always wanted to be in the same place."" The third brings contrast and conflict together: a snake hunts the two mice who always escape by moving in opposite directions. The charming, free-flowing pictures -- black pen and watercolor, with lots of greens and blues -- are cleverly integrated into the text, to the point where the snake gets tangled up in a word. The predatory elements and pithy morals give this a sting that most preschoolers will appreciate.

Pub Date: March 1, 1995

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Greenwillow

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15, 1995