The Young and Field Literary Readers (Book 2)
Once a country mouse asked her cousin, the town mouse, to come and visit her. The town mouse came, and the country mouse gave her the best she had to eat. It was only little wheat and corn. The town mouse ate some of it. Then she said: "Cousin, how can you live on this poor corn and wheat? Come to town with me, and will give you something good." So the two mice set off and soon came to town. The town mouse lived well and had everything she wished for. She had cake and pie and cheese and everything good to eat. O, it was so good! The country mouse was hungry, and she ate and ate and ate. "How rich my cousin is," she said, and how poor am As she said this, there was great barking at the door. Then two dogs ran into the room. They chased the mice about, barking all the time. At last the mice ran into hole. "Good-by, cousin, I am going home," said the country mouse. "What Are you going so soon?" asked the other. "Yes, I do not like that kind of music with my supper. It is better to have corn and wheat and be safe than to have cake and cheese and be always in fear," said the country mouse.
Ella Flag Young and Walter Taylor Field
Ginn and Company
Illustrated by Maginal Wright Enwright