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Timmy Willie, the Country Mouse

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Timmy Willie, the Country Mouse

English author and illustrator Helen Beatrix Potter (1866-1943) wrote 30 books during her literary career and is best known for her children’s stories featuring animals. As a child, Potter kept several pets including mice, rabbits, cats, guinea pigs, and dogs. The Tale of Johnny Town-Mouse is based on the Aesop fable, “The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse.” Potter’s story was published in 1918 and she dedicated it “To Aesop in the shadows.” In Potter’s story, Timmy Willie, a country mouse, falls asleep in a vegetable hamper and is transported to a house in the city where the city mice are having a mouse dinner party. Timmy Willie dislikes the housecat, maid, and rich food and returns to the country. Johnny Town-Mouse visits Timmy Willie in the country and finds cows and lawnmowers terrifying and returns to the city.