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ISBN13: 9780743224987
ISBN10: 0743224981
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Share the romance, drama, and adventure of small-town life among the mice of Tottensea Burrows — as told by a very entertaining bird

In the garden of an English cottage live the lovable, highly literate field mice of Tottensea Burrows — Peebles Carryforth the Mayor; Opportune Baggs, the inventor; the Fieldpea family with their three beautiful daughters, Grenadine, Almandine, and Incarnadine; the widow Proserpine Pockets and her young son Farnaby; and Merchanty Swift, the bold mouse who becomes the hero of The Linnet's Tale.

Brokenhearted when his beloved Pleasings Tatterstraw runs away with a charming French mouse, Merchanty, a daring trader, goes on to become a mouse of means. But when Tottensea Burrows is threatened, he risks everything to rescue his friends and neighbors. In the midst of danger, will he find love again?

Full of wit and sparkle and irresistible linguistic inventiveness, The Linnet's Tale delivers pure enjoyment.

About the Author

Dale C. Willard has worked in many fields, from engineering to motion pictures, and even took a turn as a high school English and history teacher. He is the author of My Son, My Brother, My Friend. He and his wife live in Colorado.

Table of Contents



  1. Grenadine Learns the Language
  2. Tea at The Bookish Mouse
  3. An Evening with the Baggses
  4. Greystreak
  5. A Look at the Drawings
  6. About Merchanty Swift Who Brought The Cheese Trade Down To Earth Almost Single-Handedly
  7. The Not Paying Attention Club
  8. Poker and Cheroots
  9. Something About Me or An Early Mistake in Life and What Came of It
  10. The Flying Mouse
  11. Unwanted Attentions
  12. The Suitors of Grenadine Fieldpea
  13. Mrs. Pockets' Difficult Guest
  14. The Silver Claw at Night
  15. Preparations for a Ball
  16. The Tottensea Burrows Midsummer's Night Fancy Dress Cotillion Ball
  17. An Unexpected Caller
  18. What Farnaby Saw by the Rockery
  19. The Turning of the Wheel
  20. Tottensea, Bag and Baggage
  21. Bad Animals
  22. How Merchanty Swift Did Business with Pirates
  23. The Hesitation at Lawn's End
  24. What Happened at the Bottom of the Steep Decline
  25. The New Day


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Gold Gato, January 11, 2014 (view all comments by Gold Gato)
Tottensea Burrows. This is the name of the village where some very enterprising mice live. These are mice of the merchant persuasion, running bookstores, tea shops, and boardinghouses. Their story is told by a bird who has been adopted by the little rodent community and it makes for a charming read.

The introductions of each mouse family goes on a bit, but it all comes together in the final third act, as pirates and hidden treasures come into play. The story zooms along from there, as the danger of living close to humans elevates the sense of urgency for the characters and the reader. I particularly liked the final lesson learned about nature and the importance of even the smallest beings on this planet.

Book Season = Year Round (perfect for afternoon tea)
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Smith, James Noel
Smith, James Noel
Willard, Dale C.
New York
Fantasy - General
Fantasy fiction
General Fiction
General Fiction
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7 x 5 in 6.704 oz

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