The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse
An Aesop’s Fable
Now you must know that a Town Mouse once upon a time went on a visit to his cousin in the country. He was rough and ready, this cousin, but he loved his town friend and made him heartily welcome.
Beans and bacon, cheese and bread, were all he had to offer, but he offered them freely. The Town Mouse rather turned up his long nose at this country fair, and said: “I cannot understand, Cousin, how can you put up with such poor food as this, but of course you cannot expect anything better in the country; come with me and I will show you how to live. When you have in town a week, you will wonder how you could ever have stood country life.” No sooner said and done: the two mice set off to the town and arrived at the Town Mouse’s residence late at night.
“You will want some refreshment after our long journey,” said the polite Town Mouse, and took his cousin into the grand dining room. There they found the remains of a fine feast, and soon the two mice were eating up jellies and cakes and all that was nice. Suddenly they heard growling and barking. “What is that?” said the Country Mouse. “It is only the dogs of the house,” answered the other. “Only!” said the Country Mouse.
“I do not like that music at my dinner.” Just at that moment the door flew open, in came two huge mastiffs, and the two mice had to scamper down and run off. “Goodbye, Cousin,” said the Country Mouse. “What! going so soon?” said the other. “Yes”, he replied; “Better beans and bacon in peace than cakes and ale in fear.”
It’s easy to capture children’s attention by giving a sort of short story to start the lesson. One of the good story to share came from Aesop’s Fable. Aesop’s Fables are popular for kids and everyone.
In this example we are drawing the attention of the kids and to start with something to think about, before the lesson begins.
Questions highlight begins with “How and Why”. It allows children to think outside the box and could activate critical thinking.
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How are the characters in the story similar to one another?
Why are they different from one another?
If you are to choose to live, which will you choose – the rural area or the urban area and why?
In this case, children are more motivated to interact and relate stories from one to the other.
How did the story “The Town Mouse and The Country Mouse – An Aesop’s Fable” help kids to learn the subject matter?
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