A Country Mouse in the Town House: 05/30/10
One of my son's first books was A Mouse in the House by Henrietta, a cute little book where children are invited to find a mouse as she explores a house during a birthday party. Although he's now in second grade, the book remains a sentimental favorite for him and his younger sister.
So when I saw Country Mouse in the Town House by Henrietta at the friends of the library store, I had to buy it. In this book Henrietta and another mouse recreate the country mouse, city mouse story. My son has read the story in school and thought it was interesting to see it retold as a photographic find-the-mice book.
Although the book has the same high quality photographs and intricately created sets as A Mouse in the House it lacks that book's simple charm. The fact that it's an adaptation of a fable by Aesop, the book carries a certain level of expectations. Those expectations hinder the fun of the book, namely the find-the-mouse game.