Saturday, February 26, 2011

The Mouse and The Egg

My Uncle in Texas recently sent me a couple suprise books in the mail.  They were discards from his local library.  One of them was this Russian fable about an old man and woman who live a simple life in their cottage with a mouse and speckled hen.  But when the old man begins to complain of his brown egg for tea, his wife warns him to be thankful.  And in the end he learns his lesson.

William Mayne 1980
pictures by Krystyna Turska

The pictures have plenty of detail and folkart appeal. And look, a samovar!

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