Synopses & Reviews
A gorgeously illustrated and poetically written classic, set in a 1930s-era city at Christmastime
Rediscover the tale of the simple country mouse, magically retold by Helen Ward. Beguiled by his cousins amazing tales, the country mouse visits the electric city. Unfortunately the town mouse forgot to mention that the city has a lot of noise, tall buildings . . . and dangerous dogs! Helen Wards 1930s New York at Christmas is at once gorgeous and frighteningly busy. In the end the reader understands both why the town mouse loves his exciting life and why the country mouse is content with his peaceful home.
"Life-size flora and fauna grace this retelling from Ward (Unwitting Wisdom: An Anthology of Aesop's Fables), who opens with seasonal images of spring blooms, autumn apples, and winter snowfall of the woodland where the country mouse makes his home. After the mouse's cousin, 'a fine, sleek city mouse,' arrives, the newcomer praises cosmopolitan living. 'In the city, we dine on rich, exotic foods in sumptuous surroundings,' boasts the charcoal-gray urban rodent; meanwhile, their creekside setting, pictured in radiant straw gold and grassy green, is plenty sumptuous itself. When winter comes, the country cousin journeys to a glittering metropolis circa 1930, 'where the cold sky met great towers of smooth stone and glass.' The town mouse lives in an opulent high-rise, where the mice dart through an overrich Christmas banquet, pursued by a pug in a party hat: 'As they ran, the country mouse remembered with fondness his own simple but quiet meals.' Full-bleed pages showcase Ward's blend of luscious, naturalist illustrations and flat backdrops. First published in the U.K., this updated fable pictures opposing ways of life, with farm pleasures coming out ahead. Ages 4 7. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
Helen Ward won the first Walker Prize for Childrens Illustration and twice won the British National Art Library Award. She has also been short-listed for the 2003 Kate Greenaway Medal. She lives in Gloucestershire, England.