Published by Holiday House
Summary: In this retelling of an Aesop’s fable, a group of mice takes care of a sick cat, only to be terrorized by her when she recovers. The mice discuss how to solve their problem, and one of them suggests tying a bell around the cat’s neck so they can hear her coming. It’s a great idea, but who will do it? They try and fail several times until a human family moves into the house. The young girl in the family finds the bell and ties it around the scowling feline’s neck. Now the cat problem is solved, but old Wise Mouse reminds them that humans can be even more dangerous. “When you use a tiger to get rid of a lion, what will you do with the tiger?” 32 pages; ages 4-8.
Pros: Large, realistic illustrations of cute animals illuminate this longer version of an ancient fable. Readers can discuss the ending and what may happen to the cat and mice now that humans are on the scene.
Cons: It’s kind of a downer.