Snips was a very naughty mouse who was always in disgrace. He would never get up when he was called and was always late for breakfast. He pulled the baby's tail, and made her squeak, just as nurse was getting her off to sleep.
Mr. and Mrs. Mouse were very angry and decided to send Snips to boarding school.
Snips was made to stand in front of the class wearing a dunce's hat and given dry bread and water for his dinner. Mr. and Mrs. Schoolmaster Mouse were very strict indeed.
One night Snips made up his mind to run away. He climbed up to a little hole in the ceiling...
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.
The next morning all the pupils assembled in the Schoolroom, and Mr. Schoolmaster Mouse began reading out their names. 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.
A telegram was sent and Mr & 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.
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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.
Update 21st March, 2014 Marcia over at Marcia Strykowski author blog called in to say she had a different and possibly earlier version of Snips. Marcia has included pictures on her blog - here
Do you ever watch Bargain Hunt on TV and think you could do better than the contestants? Well, this could be your chance simply fill out the application form on the BBC’s Website to apply - Bargain Hunt Be On A Show.
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?