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Useful weblinks: The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse

  • This fable is very well-known and has been popular for a long time. Because of this, there are a lot of animations for this fable! Check out a few really good ones below:

    • This animation is from the 1970/80s and has a very endearing country mouse in it.
      This is quite a long animation [12.43] of the fable. Originally Japanese, it has been dubbed into English and is a good watch (although the gender of the ‘master of the house’ gets mixed up!).
    • An even longer animation!  – the fable is used to help convince the character ‘Annie’ that life in Spring Valley may be just as good (in a different way) to life in New York City! Skip to 8.02 for the beginning of the fable.
    • Replacing the cat with a dog, this animation nicely illustrates the fable.
    • Set in France, this short BBC video is beautifully made and has a romantic ending!
  • A moral message often associated with this fable is that the grass isn’t always greener on the other side. Check out some related pictures and quotes:

  • A similar moral message often learnt from the fable is that a simple life lived in peace is preferable (at least to some!) than a luxurious life lived in fear.
  • This kind of ideology is synonymous with Epicureanism philosophy (summed up neatly on this page: seek simple pleasures, peace of mind, happiness and tranquillity.
  • Here is an interactive story-book of the fable online.
  • Students may wish to act out the fable, either by writing their own scripts or using this short pre-made script.
  • Milo Winter (1886-1956) illustrated many of Aesop’s fables. In this illustration he captures the fear of the mice in the city – exactly what they’ve seen is left up to the imagination.
  • Arthur Rackham (1867-1939) was another artist who often chose to illustrate Aesop’s fables. In this drawing, both mice are at ease in the country.
  • The mice in this line drawing(which may be suitable for colouring in or tracing for some learners) are wearing dresses whilst trying to escape from a cat.