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  • I'm Ty Burrell, and today I'll be reading "Mice Twice,"

  • written and illustrated by Joseph Low.

  • Cat was thinking about supper.

  • He thought, "I could eat forty-seven grasshoppers. Or I could eat sixty-nine crickets.

  • Or I could eat a fine, fat sparrow.

  • But what I think I'd really like is a nice, tender mouse."

  • So he went outside and sat at Mouse's door.

  • "Are you there, Mouse," he asked, "and in good health, I hope?"

  • Mouse lay snug in her nest behind the door. The door was too small for Cat to get through.

  • "Never better," she said.

  • Cat tuned his rough voice to make it smooth.

  • He said, "Such a lovely day! I was just thinking, 'How nice to have a friend for supper.' I do hope you can join me this evening."

  • Mouse knew Cat well, and all his cunning ways. "May I bring a friend?" she asked.

  • ("Mice twice!" thought Cat, licking his whiskers.) "By all means," he said. "Shall we say six o'clock?"

  • "Six will be fine," said Mouse.

  • At six that evening she knocked on Cat's door. Cat's stomach rumbled.

  • "Come in, come in!" he said. But when he opened the door, he saw that Mouse's friend was not another mouse.

  • It was Dog. Dog was grinning. He was twice as big as Cat.

  • Cat was angry, but he was afraid to show it.

  • He waved them into the house. On the table were two small bits of cheese.

  • "Such a warm day!" said Cat. "I find it best not to eat on warm days. But do help yourselves."

  • So Mouse took one piece of cheese. And Dog took the other.

  • When he had swallowed his, Dog said, "I have seldom enjoyed a cheese so much. Is it Swiss?"

  • "Or is it French?" asked Mouse.

  • "French," said Cat. "A gift from my cousin Pierre."

  • (Actually, it was common old rat-trap cheese, as Dog and Mouse knew very well.)

  • Dog said, "It has been so pleasant, dear Cat. I hope you will have dinner with me tomorrow night."

  • Cat thought for a moment. "I will, indeed," he said, "if I may bring a friend."

  • "Good company makes for good eating," said Dog. "Bring any friend you like. Shall we say seven o'clock?"

  • "Seven will be fine," said Cat.

  • At seven the next night, Cat knocked on Dog's door.

  • Beside him stood Wolf -- twice as big as Dog. Four times as fierce.

  • "Come in, come in!" called Dog.

  • Cat looked at Wolf. He whispered, "Dog for you. Mouse for me? Agreed?"

  • Wolf said nothing, but curled his lip in a horrid smile. All his sharp teeth were showing.

  • Cat and Wolf both licked their whiskers.

  • But when the door opened, there beside Dog sat Crocodile.

  • His big, toothy jaws opened and closed as he smiled at Cat and Wolf.

  • Cat and Wolf stared at that gaping mouth. So big! So red! So many, many teeth!

  • They could not take their eyes away. Not even to look at the four pieces of cheese on the table.

  • "Ummmm," said Wolf, looking over his shoulder at the door.

  • "Actually," said Cat, "we came to ask if we might make it another night. Neither of us is feeling well."

  • "What a pity!" said Dog, "I had so hoped you might enjoy this delicate French cheese. Brie, it is called."

  • (And it really was French Brie.)

  • "Another time," mumbled Cat as he and Wolf backed out the door.

  • Cat thought for a moment, looking back at Crocodile.

  • "Tomorrow night," he said, "I'd like you to meet a distant relative who will be visiting me for dinner. Can you join me -- and bring your friend?"

  • "Delighted," said Dog. "But not Crocky, here. He must get back to the river tonight.

  • Perhaps Mouse might come, if that is agreeable?"

  • "Splendid!" said Cat, trying not to grin. "I will expect you at eight o'clock."

  • At eight the next evening Dog and Mouse knocked on Cat's door.

  • Inside sat Lion,

  • so big he all but filled the house.

  • Cat had to sit between his huge paws. Cat was smiling.

  • In the space remaining at one side was a table. It was covered with dishes of good things Cat had brought to please Lion.

  • There were fresh-roasted peanuts;

  • fat, juicy raisins;

  • little cakes covered with sugar frosting;

  • bits of fried and crumbled bacon;

  • and a silver tray of mint candies.

  • Cat looked up and whispered to Lion, "When the door opens, I will grab Mouse, you grab Dog, and that will be that!"

  • "That!" rumbled Lion, licking his whiskers with his rough, red tongue.

  • "How prompt you are! Come in! Come in!" cried Cat to Dog.

  • As the door swung open, both Cat and Lion leaned forward, their mouths already open.

  • Neither of them had noticed that Dog and Mouse had brought their good friend, Wasp.

  • Quick as a wink, Wasp stung Lion's nose. Then his ear. Then his rough, red tongue. Lion was frantic!

  • He tried to back away, but Cat's house was too tight around him.

  • Wasp stung his lip.

  • Lion broke the house apart and ran.

  • Cat ran after him. And Dog after Cat.

  • Cat's house was wrecked, but the table was unharmed.

  • All the good things on it stood as they had been.

  • "Good friend," said Mouse to Wasp, "do help yourself to anything you fancy. Those little cakes, perhaps?

  • Or one of the mints? I rather like the smell of those peanuts, myself, for starters.

  • Plenty here for both of us, and a good share, too, for Dog, if Cat escapes what he deserves."

  • If Cat did escape, you may be sure he never bothered Mouse again.

  • The end.

  • Well I love that book, because it's very silly and very funny,

  • but also because I think this book teaches us a good lesson about friendship. Actually, more than one lesson about friendship.

  • But one of them is that it's important to have good friends around us because our good friends are our support system.

  • And our friends who love us will be there to protect us when things get rough, as they did for Mouse.

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