Since I was a child, I have loved stories whose protagonists are mice. Their world seems so enchanting to me. I remember watching over and over again An American Tail, The secret of NIMH, The Rescuers, Mickey Mouse cartoons, and Topo Gigio. I also couldn’t put down Stuart Little, Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH, Leo Lionni’s books, specially, Frederick, and of course, Beatrix Potter’s books, The Tale of Two Bad Mice, The Tale of Mrs. Tittlemouse, The Tale of Johnny Town-Mouse, and The Tailor of Gloucester. And these are just a few of the movies and books I devoured. I was obsessed. If the story had a mouse I would definitely read or watch it. This has not changed. So when, by chance, I came upon the retelling of Aesop’s fable The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse, I just had to read it. Susan Detwiler’s Illustrations are beautiful and, just like all the other mice stories I have read, they carry us to a magical world where your house is an old oak tree!
But enough about mice! Why would you want to read Fine life for a Country Mouse? If you have ever compared yourself to others, you will like this story. If you have idealized someone or something or asked yourself “Am I missing something grand?“, this story is for you. And if I am honest with you, I confess that I have done all those things.
The story’s two protagonists are Oliver and Tilly. Both go and visit each other’s home. They are surprised by what they find. They both learn something about themselves. As you read on, you will have to make a choice. In which home would you like to live in? Which one is better for you? I belive this is the moral of the story. All of us should be able to choose the kind of home that we want without any outside interference, as long as it is right and proper.
You do not need to compare yourself to others or wonder if you are missing out on something grand. Whether your home be modest or luxurious, small or big, rich or poor, it does not matter because the most important thing of all is being surrounded by the people (or mice!) you love.