Snips was a very naughty mouse: he was always in disgrace. He never would get up when he was called, so he was always late for breakfast. One day he pulled the baby's tail, and made her squeak, just as nurse had got her off to sleep.
Mr. and Mrs. Mouse were very angry with him, and decided to send him to boarding school.
Mr. and Mrs. Schoolmaster Mouse were very strict indeed. When he did not know his lessons he was made Dunce; when he was late he had dry bread and water for dinner instead of nice cheese pie.
One night he made up his mind to run away. He climbed up to a little hole he had noticed in the ceiling.
Snips put his head through the hole, and found himself in a big room - the biggest he had ever seen - with a bed in one corner. Sitting in the bed was a great big giant...
How he jumped and the giant after him! Around and around the bed he ran, and the giant gave chase. Suddenly, Snips noticed a boot, and in he leapt. The giant was really a little boy named Dick; but Snips had never seen a little boy before, and thought he must be a giant. Snips stayed hidden in the boot and eventually Dick went back to bed.
The next morning all the pupils assembled in the Schoolroom, and Mr. Schoolmaster Mouse began reading out the names of everyone. When it came to Snips, there was no answer. Mr. Schoolmaster Mouse and all the scholars searched high and low, but found no sign of him.
They at once sent a telegram to poor Mr. and Mrs. Mouse to tell them of their son's sad fate. Mr. and Mrs. Mouse lost no time in coming to look for their lost son.
Just as Mr. Mouse was preparing to squeeze through the hole in the ceiling, a little brown tail appeared. Never has there been such a reunion! Mr. & Mrs. Mouse were so happy to see Snips they quite forgot to be angry. From then on Snips became a model mouse.
There is surprisingly little known about the author Angusine (Jeanne) Macgregor, which is astonishing considering she wrote and illustrated a popular series of Ladybird Books. The series known as Animal Rhymes, introduced a generation of children to the charms of Bunnikin’s, Ginger, Smoke and Fluff, Piggly and Downy Duckling to name just a few.
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For those of you who don’t watch Bargain Hunt the photograph on the left is of Tim Wonacott the presenter of the show. Tim is a chartered auctioneer and English antiques expert.
If you read last weeks post you may remember I included a recipe for Welsh Tea Cakes. Coincidently Darlene a blogging friend over at Darlene Foster's Blog attended a Welsh Tea Cake making demonstration at her local bookstore. If you enjoy good food and quality books, you won't want to miss Darlene’s post here.
I would love one of these to go with my morning cuppa!
Do you have a favourite mid morning snack?