|The Book of Fables and Folk Stories|
|by Horace Elisha Scudder|
|A choice collection of old folk tales and fables, attractively arranged and illustrated. Between each of the longer tales appear several short fables, offering a varied reading experience for the young reader for whom it is intended. Ages 6-9 |
THE COUNTRY MOUSE AND THE TOWN MOUSE
A COUNTRY Mouse had a friend who lived in a house in
town. Now the Town Mouse
was invited by the Country Mouse to take dinner with
him. Out he went, and sat down to
a dinner of barley and wheat.
"Do you know, my friend," said he, "that
 you live a
mere ant's life out here? Now, I have
plenty at home. Come and enjoy the good things there
So the two set off for town. There the Town Mouse
showed the other his beans and meal,
his dates, his cheese and fruit and honey.
As the Country Mouse ate, drank, and was merry, he
praised his friend and bewailed his
own poor lot.
But while they were urging each other to eat heartily,
a man suddenly opened the door.
Frightened by the noise, they crept into a crack. By
and by, when he had gone, they came
out and tasted of some dried figs. In came another
person to get something that was in
the room. When they caught sight of him, they ran and
hid in a hole.
At that the Country Mouse forgot his hunger, and with a
sigh, said to the other:—
"Please yourself, my good friend; eat all you want and
get rich,—and be in a
fright the whole time. As for me, I am a poor fellow,
I know, who have only barley and
wheat. But I am content to live on those, and have
nothing to frighten me."
Those who have the plain things of life are often
better off than the rich.
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