Friday, April 29, 2011

Beatrix Potter Review of Book Thirteen: The Tale of Johnny Town-Mouse

Name of Book: The Tale of Johnny Town-Mouse
Author/Illustrator: By Beatrix Potter
What It's All About: This book seems to be again mistakenly named for it is not really about Johnny Town-Mouse but about Timmy Willie the country mouse.  Timmy Willie accidentally goes to town in a hamper of vegetables and, though he is entertained by the smart town-mice, he longs for  the quiet of the country.  He returns to the country and long after Johnny comes to visit him but cannot stay there for the country does not suit him just as the town did not suit Timmy.  The last page has a little saying that some are happy here and some there but Ms. Potter seems happiest in the country like Timmy.  
My Favorite Bit: My favorite must be the page with the younger mice who are serving the older mice their meals and laughing as they are chased by the cat...little daredevils.  There are several lovely things about this story and all the pictures of the two kinds of mice, one set so dapper and the other so cuddly and plain, that I cannot decide on one picture completely.  I will give you one of my favorites and you can go on to choose your own.  I do love page fifty five where Timmy is explaining to Johnny how much he will love the countryside.  

Suitable Age For Reading It To: This book can be read to all, it is just a nice little story.  You can feel sorry for little Timmy as he is so frightened by all the new sounds and troubles in town but rest assured the end of the story will find him safe and happy back in the countryside where he belongs.

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