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Useful weblinks: Of Mice and Cats

  • How to bell a cat? Why not just ask?
  • Nowadays, lots of humans place bells around the necks of their cats anyway (for example, this cat).
  • In an illustrated book But Who Will Bell the Cats? by Cynthia von Buhler, the mouse and bat write a letter to the human girl who owns the cats that are terrorising them: let’s all live together harmoniously!
  • Milo Winter (1886-1956) illustrated many of Aesop’s fables. The old mouse in this illustration is obvious because of his stick. Look at the cat peering around the corner – that gap looks big enough for him to fit through!
  • There are many animations of this fable available, which can add a visual element to exploring the fable with students. Here are a few particularly good examples:
    • Set in a factory, this animation tells the story with a simple but beautiful drawing style.
    • The action in this video is rather slow and the voices are out of sync towards the end but the animation is well made.
    • Although the voices are rather unnatural, this cartoon has good animation and gets the story across well.
    • Here is a 1943 cartoon of the fable with a twist: the cat does get a bell…and so do all the mice!