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Town Mouse, Country Mouse [Hardcover]

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Pages   32
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.68" Width: 10.56" Height: 0.42"
Weight:   0.9 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Aug 31, 1994
Publisher   Putnam Juvenile
Age  4-8
ISBN  0399226222  
EAN  9780399226229  
UPC  048228016991  

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Tired of their own lives and hoping to trade them in for something better, the Town Mouse and the Country Mouse switch places and discover the unexpected hazards of their new worlds, in a beautifully illustrated rendition of the classic fable.

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Jan Brett With over thirty seven million books in print, Jan Brett is one of the nation's foremost author illustrators of children's books. Jan lives in a seacoast town in Massachusetts, close to where she grew up. During the summer her family moves to a home in the Berkshire Hills of Massachusetts.

As a child, Jan Brett decided to be an illustrator and spent many hours reading and drawing. She says, "I remember the special quiet of rainy days when I felt that I could enter the pages of my beautiful picture books. Now I try to recreate that feeling of believing that the imaginary place I'm drawing really exists. The detail in my work helps to convince me, and I hope others as well, that such places might be real."

As a student at the Boston Museum School, she spent hours in the Museum of Fine Arts. "It was overwhelming to see the room-size landscapes and towering stone sculptures, and then moments later to refocus on delicately embroidered kimonos and ancient porcelain," she says. "I'm delighted and surprised when fragments of these beautiful images come back to me in my painting."

Travel is also a constant inspiration. Together with her husband, Joe Hearne, who is a member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Jan visits many different countries where she researches the architecture and costumes that appear in her work. "From cave paintings to Norwegian sleighs, to Japanese gardens, I study the traditions of the many countries I visit and use them as a starting point for my children's books."

Jan Brett currently resides in the state of Massachusetts. Jan Brett was born in 1949.

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all time favorite  May 9, 2008
I still have a copy of this in my home for my 20 year old daughter to re-read, and then for my granchildren to read.
As near as we can tell, Aesop's Fables date back to at least the 6th Century B.C. I personally feel that many of these tales are even older and Aesop had probably recorded quite a number of old folk tales from the past. Be-that-as-it-may, this is a rewrite of one of my favorite of Aesop's Fables. This story has been told and retold in countless languages, in countless countries and it would be almost impossible to find and read them all. I will say though, that with this offering, Jan Brett has done the tradition proud and pretty well proved that what was good in the 6th Century B.C. is good today!

In this story, we have the Town Mouse and his wife and the Country Mouse and his wife that, after a chance meeting, decide to trade places. You all know the story, and if you don't, I don't want any spoilers here, so I will not give a blow by blow rundown on the adventures of these four in their new environment.

What sets this particular version apart from so many others though, is the art work. I cannot remember a children's book that was so well illustrated and to be frank, so interesting. The author alternates, page by page from Town Mouse back to Country Mouse. At the side of each illustration we have a sort of preview of what is going to happen next. This is not a "copy" of an upcoming page, but rather a general view of what might be. Once the child (and parent or grandparent catches on, this can be quite fun). But back to the art. The only way I can describe it would be Victorian. It is vivid, detailed, colorful and just down right interesting. The way the author has humanized the various critters does not come across as phony at all, and actually looks quite natural is a stage sort of way. I could safely say that most people could read and look at this book twenty or more times and each time find some detail they have never seen before with previous readings. Each page is a visual adventure; each page is an absolute delight. Now this does not mean this work does not have a strong and well written text. Far from it! The story flows well, is easy on the eye and the story is quite understandable to the targeted age group which would probably be kindergarten through third or fourth grade.

The obvious lesson learned from the story is to be happy with where you are, stop complaining and count yourself lucky you have what you have. What is nice about this work though, is that the adult reader can get much more mileage out of this than just the moral of the story. This is an ideal book to help children learn to really observe and look for details. It will be obvious after several readings, even to the little ones, that there is more to see if you just take the time to look. Absolute hours of discussion can be had just talking with the child about the different things seen on each and ever page.

This particular publication dates back to 1994. Let's hope it is with us many, many more years.
great book  Jan 20, 2008
We love Jan Brett's books for thier content and beautiful illustrations. We read this one with the folkmanis mouse puppets and that is a big hit at our house. My little girl loves this one. I would recommend all of the Jan Brett books. Great literary content.
Classic story comes off wonderfully!  Aug 29, 2007
This book was an absolute delight! The story of the town mouse and the country mouse is a classic and a goodie, and Jan Brett did a fantastic job retelling it! Rather than having one mouse per, she made her characters into couples! This adds a suggestion of sweet romance that will have the little girls swooning and the boys, of course, gagging (but what can be expected?)

The story goes into surprisingly complex reasons for why the mice move. The way they switch is charming. Post-move, however, they have their various misadventures, and Brett is quick to let us know how the proper mouse couple could have handled the situation. The dialogue is clever and cute, as well as the descriptive prose. As usual, much of the story is said with pictures, but when writing there is a great amount of detail and forshadowing. Best writing from Brett I have seen!

Cute, detailed, and a great length for a long-time read, and the final punchline is clever and hilarious. Plenty of lessons and entertainment right here!

frightened children  Jul 29, 2007
What is this impulse to scare kids? The mice in the story are threatened at every turn, from a variety of predators. It's creepy.

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