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  1. Oh, THAT story. That fable about how cats and mice can't live together (view spoiler)[because the cat will lie, cheat, and eventually murder the mouse (hide spoiler)] of which I suppose the moral is "don't be too trusting" because mice aren't big readers so presumably it is not intended as a cautionary tale for actual mice. I've read this before and never cared for it. I wouldn't have gotten it had I realized, but the illustrations were ok. This was my favorite.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br [...]

  2. I didn't really like this one. We start off with a cat and mouse living together in a house, and end with their friendship deteriorating very quickly. There was such a fast change, I didn't quite know how to deal with it, and it finished very abruptly. I would have liked a little more on how they became friends and how they came to live with each other - I know it's a faerie tale, but would a few more pages have made a difference, really?2 out of 5 stars. Definitely won't be reading this one aga [...]

  3. My goodness. Never have I experienced a children's tale so foreboding and admonishing as this one. Two great quotes:"Nothing ever seems as good as what one keeps to herself." - Cat, after licking a pot that's been secretly tucked away."Verily, that is the way of the world." - Grimm's Brother's final sentence of the story, as Cat pounces on Mouse.A short must-read, though a cheerless one :)

  4. خيلى خوشحالم كه دارم داستان هاى برادران گريم و مى خونم. و چقدر شگفت زده مى شم از جادوى اين داستان هاى كوتاه سحرآميز. اصلا نمى شه صرفا اين داستان و يه داستان كوتاه بچه گونه دانست. خود خود زندگيه. عالى بود و شگفت زده ام كرد.

  5. Basically this tale will tell you that enemies aren't meant to live with each other. Or maybe that a cheetah can't change his spots cuz he's still gonna eat you.A cat and a mouse become friends and decide to live together. In order to make it through the winter months they hide a pot of fat under a church alter cuz no one would take something from a church. As winter approaches the cat tells the mouse 3 times that she is going to be a god-mother and has to leave their place. These 3 times the ca [...]

  6. It's really scary and absurd. Don't read it for your younger siblings, or you'll face their open-mouthed, confused face. It would be an awkward choice for a bedtime story.

  7. WrensReads Review:I have the complete set of the Grimm Fairy-Tales, and there are so many that I haven’t read! They are very short, as one would know, so I have decided to read each one and give them a review. Some are very vulgar, some are very cute and some don’t even make sense. Some of them are well known fairy-tales and some have never been told. Some are fairy-tales we know but are not the same because they have been downplayed for the children. This story probably shouldn't be told to [...]

  8. So, this was recognized as a great picture book originally published in a non-English language, which is such a specific thing that there was, of course, a fairly small sample set during the time it was printed. As such, this book is notrygood. At all. It makes me think of books published on Smashwords for free, really. The artwork isn't very sophisticated or consistent, and the text feels directly taken from a Grimm's fairy tale.You're unlikely to find this book in a story but, if you do, perha [...]

  9. This 1976 Batchelder may no longer fit the rules for the award (it's a folktale) but it is classic wonderful Grimm. Cat makes a deal with Mouse that he will provide the little one with food if Mouse will clean the house. Together they store a vat of butter in a church with the intention of eating it when the winter gets hard. Sure enough, the sly cat downs it all in three sneaky pre-winter visits to the church. When Mouse confronts Cat about the missing butter and Cat's alibis, he learns about C [...]

  10. A clear-cut case of "anti-cat" propaganda. ;-) This is not book but the second fairy tale in the Grimm collection. It reads like a fable, but one without a "lesson", except maybe that the world is a treacherous place. The language is charming, the word "Gevatter" is used for godfather and "Base" for niece. It's humorous, because of the names the cat gives his supposed grandchildren.

  11. This is one of my favorite stories to tell to kids I babysit! They love it! What kid hasn't wished that he/she could switch chores with someone? This is a perfect example of what "could" happen if you don't know what you're getting into. :)

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