The City Mouse and the Country Mouse

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NARRATOR: Once upon a time there was a little mouse who lived in the country.  She invited her cousin who lived in the city to visit her.


 At the Country´s Mouse House


(City Mouse knocks at the door)


COUNTRY MOUSE: (opens the door ) How are you, dear cousin?.  I am glad that you came all the way from the city to visit me.  Now you will see how I live in the country.  How was your trip?.


CITY MOUSE: Oh, the trip was not so bad, but I am hungry and thirsty.  (looks through the window) What´s that you have over there?.


COUNTRY MOUSE: That´s the table.  Come we will eat outside.  I have everything ready for you.


CITY MOUSE: Don´t tell me we will eat outside?.


COUNTRY MOUSE: Sure, we will dear.  There´s a big tree in the garden, so don´t worry about getting a sunburn.


CITY MOUSE: It´s not that.


COUNTRY MOUSE: Besides, it´s a beautiful day.


NARRATOR: Both mice go outside and sit in a table full of food and beverages.


CITY MOUSE: (looks pleased) Ah, the air is so fresh.  I can even smell the scent of those flowers.


COUNTRY MOUSE: And hear the birds singing.  Well enough talking, let´s eat.


CITY MOUSE: What´s this green stuff?.


COUNTRY MOUSE: Those are fresh peas and some barley.


CITY MOUSE: Mmmm, I will eat just a little. I am not that hungry after all.


NARRATOR: The Country Mouse ate until full, but the City Mouse only nibbled at the food.


CITY MOUSE: Honestly, my dear cousin, I don´t like the way you live.  No wonder you are so skinny!.  Are you eating this kind of food because you are on a diet?.  And how can you eat in the middle of a garden, surrounded by insects and with all this dirt?.


COUNTRY MOUSE: There´s nothing wrong with my food!.  And, no, I am not a diet.  I grow my own fresh food in the garden.


CITY MOUSE: Now, don´t get mad at me, but I would like you to come with me to the city for a few days to show you my way of life. I have all sorts of fine food to eat every day.   I am sure you will be delighted.


COUNTRY MOUSE: I accept, we´ll leave as soon as I finish packing.


NARRATOR: That same day they went to the city.


At the City´s Mouse House


CITY MOUSE: Welcome to my house.  Come, I´ll show you the dining room.


NARRATOR: Both went into the dining room.


CITY MOUSE: Don´t stand there, go to the table and eat whatever you want to.


COUNTRY MOUSE: (stares at the food) Wow, you have lots of food. This seems like a dream.


CITY MOUSE: Eat as much as you want.


COUNTRY MOUSE: (eats out of control) I´ll taste the chocolate cake… no, the cheesecake… no, wait, it´s better if I eat the grapes first.


CITY MOUSE: If you want water, there´s some in the pitcher.


COUNTRY MOUSE: (gets inside the pitcher) Thanks, I am really impressed with your lifestyle.  I think I will stay here with you.  This is real life!


NARRATOR: Suddenly the door opened and some people entered running.


CITY MOUSE: Come, run, let´s hide!.


COUNTRY MOUSE: (runs behind City Mouse) What´s going on?.


CITY MOUSE: It´s the cook and his assistant.  We have to stay here until they leave.


NARRATOR: And both mice stayed under the cupboard until the people left.


CITY MOUSE: Come, it´s time to go out.


COUNTRY MOUSE: I am still shaking!.


CITY MOUSE: That was nothing.  Come we haven´t finish eating.


NARRATOR: But as they were getting ready to go up the table again, the door opened once again.


CITY MOUSE: Oh no, it´s him!.




CITY MOUSE:  Follow me.


COUNTRY MOUSE: Who is “him”?.


CITY MOUSE: It´s the dog, but he will go in a minute, just stay quiet.


NARRATOR: Both remained quiet under the cupboard, until the dog left. 


COUNTRY MOUSE: I think I am having a heart attack!.  This is too much for me.


CITY MOUSE: Don´t exaggerate.  Come, I´ll take you to the attic, you will be surprised of all the food they have stored over there.


NARRATOR: So they went to the attic through the light wires.


CITY MOUSE: I told you.  Feel yourself at home!.


COUNTRY MOUSE: Wow!.  I love peanut butter.  And look at all those bags of chips and cheese!


CITY MOUSE: Wait!.  Don´t eat that cheese!.  It´s a mouse trap!.


COUNTRY MOUSE: What is a mouse trap?.


CITY MOUSE: Well, I don´t know how to explain it to you, but the minute you place your teeth in the cheese, you’re history!.


COUNTRY MOUSE: You mean that I will die?.


CITY MOUSE: Yes, dear, that´s what I mean.


COUNTRY MOUSE: (looks sad) Well, I think I had enough.


CITY MOUSE: Well, we can keep eating tomorrow, if right now your stomach can´t handle any more food.


COUNTRY MOUSE: That´s not what I was talking about.  I mean that I had enough of all of this running and jumping, and feeling frightened and scared, and shaking.  This is not what I want.  I have decided that I wouldn´t like to live like this.  I prefer to go and eat fresh food in my garden, than fancy food in fear all the time.




COUNTRY MOUSE: Thanks dear, but now I will go home.


NARRATOR: So the Little Country Mouse went back home, and stayed there for the rest of her life.




Author:  Aesop Fable


Adapted by:  K I D S I N C O



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A Town Mouse once visited a relative who lived in the country. For lunch the Country Mouse served wheat stalks, roots, and acorns, with a dash of cold water for drink. The Town Mouse ate very sparingly, nibbling a little of this and a little of that, and by her manner making it very plain that she ate the simple food only to be polite.

After the meal the friends had a long talk, or rather the Town Mouse talked about her life in the city while the Country Mouse listened. They then went to bed in a cozy nest in the hedgerow and slept in quiet and comfort until morning. In her sleep the Country Mouse dreamed she was a Town Mouse with all the luxuries and delights of city life that her friend had described for her. So the next day when the Town Mouse asked the Country Mouse to go home with her to the city, she gladly said yes.

When they reached the mansion in which the Town Mouse lived, they found on the table in the dining room the leavings of a very fine banquet. There were sweetmeats and jellies, pastries, delicious cheeses, indeed, the most tempting foods that a Mouse can imagine. But just as the Country Mouse was about to nibble a dainty bit of pastry, she heard a Cat mew loudly and scratch at the door. In great fear the Mice scurried to a hiding place, where they lay quite still for a long time, hardly daring to breathe. When at last they ventured back to the feast, the door opened suddenly and in came the servants to clear the table, followed by the House Dog.

The Country Mouse stopped in the Town Mouse’s den only long enough to pick up her carpet bag and umbrella.

“You may have luxuries and dainties that I have not,” she said as she hurried away, “but I prefer my plain food and simple life in the country with the peace and security that go with it.”

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