Synopses & Reviews
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
- Grenadine Learns the Language
- Tea at The Bookish Mouse
- An Evening with the Baggses
- A Look at the Drawings
- About Merchanty Swift Who Brought The Cheese Trade Down To Earth Almost Single-Handedly
- The Not Paying Attention Club
- Poker and Cheroots
- Something About Me or An Early Mistake in Life and What Came of It
- The Flying Mouse
- Unwanted Attentions
- The Suitors of Grenadine Fieldpea
- Mrs. Pockets' Difficult Guest
- The Silver Claw at Night
- Preparations for a Ball
- The Tottensea Burrows Midsummer's Night Fancy Dress Cotillion Ball
- An Unexpected Caller
- What Farnaby Saw by the Rockery
- The Turning of the Wheel
- Tottensea, Bag and Baggage
- Bad Animals
- How Merchanty Swift Did Business with Pirates
- The Hesitation at Lawn's End
- What Happened at the Bottom of the Steep Decline
- The New Day