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THE WITCHES AND THE SINGING MICE by Jenny Nimmo

THE WITCHES AND THE SINGING MICE

A Celtic Tale

By Jenny Nimmo (Adaptor) , Angela Barrett (Illustrator)

Age Range: 6 - 10

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1993
ISBN: 0-8037-1509-9
Publisher: Dial

 A long, agreeably spooky tale in which two loyal tomcats rout a trio of witches who've invaded a desolate site overlooking a peaceful Highland village. Each witch in turn places an impossible order with a local tradesman (``A big iron bed...And I want it tonight''); when a man refuses, his child is found, next morning, mouse-bitten and in a lifeless trance--the good cats, bewitched by the singing of the mice, have been unable to stand guard. When a third child is threatened, the cats bravely trail the witches (who turn into cats) and kill them. Then--following the advice of a wise woman--they restore the children. In Barrett's precise, eerie paintings, the witches look especially wicked as sinuously elongated cats--an elegant foil for the angelic children and charmingly ordinary feline heroes. Try pairing this intriguing tale with Barber's The Mousehole Cat (1990). (Folklore/Picture book. 6-10)