Town Mouse, Country Mouse

ISBN: 0590631683
ISBN 13: 9780590631686
By: Jan Brett

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About this book

The author adds new dimension to the story of two foolish couples who trade their lives for something better. Postage stamps and toy marbles become exquisite works of art in Brett's brightly illustrated story, here elevated beyond a mere cautionary tale to a classic awaiting its audience.

Reader's Thoughts


Brett, J. Town Mouse, Country Mouse. NY: Scholastic Inc (1994).Town Mouse, Country Mouse is about two different mouse couples, one from the city and the other lived in the country. Both are unhappy with where they live and decide that they need to move to another area, so the town mice and the country mice switch houses. As days go by however, both sets of mice start to miss their old homes and realize the great things that are there and they eventually switch back to live in their town and city houses.This book has a great concept to it, to appreciate what you have and the pictures are beautiful. However the book is a little too long for younger children, so the reading level is ages 7-10.

Carrie Carlson

A beautiful twist on an old tale.

Tracy Connolly

The Town Mouse and his wife thought life would be better in the country. The Country Mouse and his wife thought town life would be better. When the mice meet, they decided to trade houses. Each one thought they had the better deal, but did they? Jan Brett's telling of this tale is subperb. Her ending let's the reader guess what would happen next. As in all of Jan Brett's books, her detailed illustrations are absolutely beautiful.

Nathaniel Chattic

Grades: 2nd - 3rdThis is a nice retelling of a well-known fable by Jan Brett. The classic elements of the story are still here, so for those that grew up and heard this tale will not be surprised. The text is easy to read and wonderfully framed by the pictures. However, Brett throws a couple of new wrinkles in the form of new characters in a cat and an owl, and there is a nice surprise ending to the tale as well. Kids will be engaged by the pacing of the story, and the theme of friendship and thankfulness are explored very well here. As far as the artwork goes, each page is wonderfully detailed and provides a nice "frame" for the text. Kids will appreciate the level of detail and colors provided for this story.Fine Arts/Language ArtsLesson Ex:) I would ask the kids a warmup question to write down an answer to and discuss - if you could live anywhere, where would you live and why?


A bit long but she is the best illustrator


I had to post a few of my childhood favorites. Everyone knows about ChikaChikaBoomBoom and those books, but I'm still--to this day--hooked on those good old illustrated ones by the really good artists. One is Jan Brett. If you've seen any of her books, they're amazing! I remember we'd collect those books and read them SO many times.Town Mouse Country Mouse was the first book from Brett that I remember reading. She always included a hedgehog somewhere in her illustrations, as she had a pet hedgehog!

Brittany L.

Jan Brett is one of my favorite authors and illustrators. She takes well known stories, and brings them alive with her illustrations on every page. I could spend a long time on each page looking at the borders and pictures, and still not see everything. This is nice, because every time you read it you find something new. I would recommend her books to anyone, especially this fun tale that keeps the children laughing.


This is a cute story but very lengthy as far as story-time is concerned. It has to do with two families of mice, one in the town and one in the country, that decide to try living an easier life in the opposite place. They find that there are hardships in each place they go and return to their own homes.LEARNING EXPERIENCE:Set up a town and a country in the classroom and have the children go to each one. Have special environments and activities in each one (maybe the children will shuck corn in the country center) and then choose which one they thought was easier.


"Town Mouse Country Mouse" by Jan Brett is a folklore book that can be enjoyed by primary readers. I can't believe that it has not won an award but it is certainly a classic.A city mouse couple and a country mouse couple decide to switch homes and are amazed that the grass isn't greener on the other side!I gave it five stars. I feel it portrays an accurate way of life for both couples, neither knowing the challenges the other faces until they walk in their shoes. While being away is sometimes nice, there really isn't no place like home.


I read this today to my fourth graders. They were a bit surprised as it was during our Social Studies lesson. I brought all the children close. I handled the reading as any other read aloud. We compared and contrasted. We discussed the narrative elements. All went well.Once I was satisfied that we truly understood the story, I rose and wrote town and country on the board. We then discussed the traits of each area. I then shared with the students that two words we struggled with last week fit into our T-chart. I then wrote urban and rural on the board.Ah, it all made sense then; the students saw the method to my madness, as it were. They hadn't really understood those terms last week, now they do. We had such a rich discussion that one of the children asked, "What does suburban mean?" A-ha!Now they understand that term too. Sometimes as a teacher you need to approach a subject from a different point of view.


I love Jan Brett's books for many reasons, and I think they are great for classroom use partly because of the many different illustrations all over the pages. These are great ways to keep children engaged in the story and using them as clues to see what other characters are doing throughout the plot. In this book, students can talk about the differences of living in the town and the country. This would be good to use with students and have them find the differences of countries and towns and what mice (and people) will have to adapt to while living in either place.


Classic grass is greener on the other side (until you get there!) tale lushly illustrated by Jan Brett. It's a bit long for my taste in picture books, but there are some unexpected additions to this animal version of House Swap.Upon discovering the species known as cat, one of the town mice calls, "Run! It's an own with teeth!"And in turn, when the city mice see an owl for the first time they exclaim, "A cat with wing!"I had to cackle at the ending. Poor mice.

Anissa Saenz-Ochoa

The grass is not always greener on the other side and that is exactly what the town mice and country mice discovered in this story. The mice grow old of their own homes and think they are ready for a change.This is a bit of a wordy picture book, but it teaches a wonderfully true lesson: There's no place like home.

Rachel Dalton

While an older book, it is still a great one to use for inferring and predicting. Written at about a third grade level, it gives lots of clues to allow students to predict. It also teaches that everyone is different.

Bvlmc Buchanan Verplanck Elementary School

Following her classic sidebar illustration style, Jan Brett enlivens this classic tale of being happy with what you have and where you are and learning to appreciate the hardships and joys in others lifestyles. When a couple of town mice trade places with a couple of country mice they find that all is not what they thought it would be. With humorous results and a few scares readers will see that we all have a place in this world.

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