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Mouse Tales

Seven Tales about mice

BINDING
Mouse Tales Mouse Tales
Arnold Lobel
HarperCollinsy(An I Can Read Book 2)
ISBN0-06-444013-3
C50399
1978/10/25(1972)
¥512

“Papa, please tell us a tale.”

When Papa’s seven little mouse
boys ask for a bedtime story,
Papa does even better than
that–he tells seven stories,
one for each boy!

CONTENTS

  1. PROLOGUE
  2. THE WISHING WELL
  3. CLOUDS
  4. VERY TALL MOUSE AND VERY SHORT MOUSE
  5. THE MOUSE AND THE WINDS
  6. THE JOURNEY
  7. THE OLD MOUSE
  8. THE BATH
  9. EPILOGUE

PROLOGUE

“Papa, we are all

in bed now,”

said the mouse boys.

“Please tell us a tale.”

“I will do better than that,”

said Papa.

“I will tell you seven tales–

one for each of you–

if you promise

to go to right sleep

when I am done.”

“Oh yes, we will,”

said the boys.

And Papa began…

THE WISHING WELL

A mouse once found a wishing well.

“Now All of my wishes can come true!” she cried.

She threw a penny into the well and made a wish.

“OUCH!”

said the wishing well.

The next day the mouse came back to the well

She threw a penny into the well and made a wish.

“OUCH!” said the well.

The next day the mouse came back again.

She threw a panny into the well.

“I wish this well would not say ouch,” she said.

“OUCH!” said the well.

“That hurts!”

“What shall I do?” cried the mouse.

“My wishes will never ever come ture this way!”

The mouse ran home.

She took the pillow frome her bed.

“This may help,” said the mouse,

and she ran back to the well.

The mouse threw the pillow into the well.

Then she threw a panny into the well and made a wish.

“Ah, That feels much better!” said the well.

“Good!” said the mouse.

“Now I can start wishing.”

After that day the mouse made many wishes by the well.

And every one of them came true.

CLOUDS

A little mouse went for a walk with his mother.

They went to the top of a hill and looked at the sky.

“Look!” said Mother. “We can see pictures in the clouds.”

The little mouse and his mother can saw many pictures in the clouds.

They saw a castle…a rabbit…a mouse.

“I am going to pick flowers,” said Mother.

“I will stay here and watch the clouds,” said the little mouse.

The little mouse saw a big cloud in the sky.

It grew bigger and bigger.

The cloud became a cat.

The cat came nearer and nearer to the little mouse.

“Help!,” shouted the little mouse, and he ran to his mother.

“There is a big cat in the sky!” cried the little mouse.

“I am afraid!”

Mother looked up at the sky.

“Do not be afraid,” she said.

“See, the cat has turned back into a cloud again.”

The little mouse saw that this was true, and he felt better.

He helped his mother pick flowers,

but he did not look up at the sky for the rest of the afternoon.

VERY TALL MOUSE AND VERY SHORT MOUSE

Once there was a very tall mouse and a very short mouse who were good friends.

When they met Very Tall Mouse would say,

“Hello, Very Short Mouse.”

And Very Short Mouse would say,

“Hello, Very Tall Mouse.”

The two friends would often take walks together.

As they walked along

Very Tall Mouse would say,

“Hello, birds.”

And Very Short Mouse would say,

“hello, bugs.”

When they passed by a garden

Very Tall Mouse would say,

“Hello, flowers.”

And Very Short Mouse would say,

“Hello. roots.”

When they passed by a house

Very Tall Mouse say,

“Hello, roof.”

And Very Short Mouse say,

“Hello, cellar.”

One day the two mice were caught in a storm.

Very Tall Mouse said,

“Hello, raindrops.”

And Very Short Mouse would said,

“Hello, puddles.”

They ran indoors to get dry.

“Hello, ceiling,”

said Very Tall Mouse.

“Hello, floor,”

said Very Short Mouse.

Soon the storm was over.

The two friends ran to the window.

Very Tall Mouse held Very Short Mouse up to see.

“Hellow, rainbow!”

they both said together.

THE MOUSE AND THE WINDS

A mouse went out in his boat,

but there was no wind.

The boat did not move.

“Wind!” shouted the mouse.

“Come down and blow my boat across this lake!”

“Here I am,” said the west wind.

The west wind blew and blew.

The mouse and the boat went up in the air…

and landed on the roof of a house.

“Wind!” shouted the mouse.

“Come down and blow my boat off this house!”

“Here I am,” said the east wind.

The east wind blew and blew.

The mouse and the boat and the house went up in the air…

and landed on the top of a tree.

“Wind!” shouted the mouse.

“Come down and blow my boat off this house and off this tree!”

“Here I am,” said the south wind.

The south wind blew and blew.

The mouse and the boat and the house and the tree went up in the air…

and landed on the top of a mountain.

“Wind!” shouted the mouse.

“Come down and blow my boat off this house and off this tree and off this mountain!”

“Here I am,” said the south wind.

The north wind blew and blew.

The mouse and the boat and the house and the tree and the mountain went up in the air…

and came down into the lake.

The mountain sank and became an island.

The tree landed on the island and burst into bloom.

The house landed next to the tree.

A lady looked out of a window in the house and said,

“What a nice place to live!”

And the mouse just sailed away.

THE JOURNEY

There was a mouse who wanted to vist his mother.

So he bought a car and started to drive to his mother’s house.

He drove and drove and drove until the car fell apart.

But at the side of the road

there was a person selling roller skates.

So the mouse bought two roller skates and put them on.

He rolled and rolled and rolled until the wheels fell off.

But at the side of the road

there was a person who was selling boots.

So the mouse bought two boots and put them on.

He tramped and tramped and tramped until there were big holes in the boots.

But at the side of the road

there was a person who was selling sneakers.

So the mouse bought two sneakers.

He put them on and ran and ran and ran until the sneakers were all worn out.

So he took the sneakers off and walked and walked and walked

until his feet hurt so much that he could not go on.

But at the side of the road

there was a person who was selling feet.

So the mouse took off his old feet and put on new ones.

He ran the rest of the way to his mother’s house.

When he got there his mother glad to see him.

She hugged him and kissed him, and she said,

“Hello, my son. You are looking fine–

and what nice new feet you have!”

THE OLD MOUSE

There was an old mouse who went for a walk every day.

The old mouse did not like children.

When he saw them on the street he would shout,

“Go away, horrid things!”

One day the old mouse was taking his walk.

All at once, his suspenders broke,

and his pants fell down.

Some ladies came by.

“Help, Help!” cried the old mouse.

But the ladies screamed,

“Your pants have fallen down!”

And they ran away.

The old mouse ran home and cried, “Help me!”

But his wife only said,

“You look silly in your underwear,”

and gave him a hit on the head.

The old maouse began to cry.

Some Chiledren passed by.

“Poor old mouse,” they said,

“we will help you.

Here is some chewing gum.

It will hold your pants up

very well.”

“Look!” cried the old mouse.

“My pants are up!

This chewing gum is greate.

These pants will never

fall down again!”

Those pants never did fall down again.

And after that, the old mouse

was always kind to children

when he went for his walk.

THE BATH

There was once a mouse who was dirty,

so he took a bath.

The water filled up the bathtub.

But the mouse was still dirty.

so he let the water

run over onto the floor.

The water

filled up the bathroom.

But the mouse was still dirty,

so he let the water

run out of the window.

The water

filled up the street.

But the mouse was still dirty,

so he let the water run into the house next door.

The people in the house next door

cried, “Turn off the water!

We have had

our bath today!”

But the mouse was still dirty,

so he let the water

run all over the whole town.

The people in the town cried,

“Turn off the water!

You are very clean now!”

The mouse said,

“Yes, you are right.

I am clean now.”

So he turned off the water.

By then

the town was all wet.

But the mouse

did not care.

He rubbed himself

with a big towel

until he was very dry.

And then

he went right to sleep.

EPILOGUE

“Is anybody awake?”

asked Papa.

There was no answer.

Seven small mice

were snoring.

“Good night, my boys,”

said Papa,

“and sleep well,

I will see you all morning.”

The End

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