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by R. Gregory Christie
R. Gregory Christie, Illustrator

Reinforced | 32 pages | 10 x 9 | US$ 16.95
ISBN: 9780823423194 | 07-30-2015

Also available as an ebook.

Grade: FIRST | Age: 4 to 8

Themes: Fairy Tales & Fables, Animals/Fiction
Recommendations: A, PW, ★K

CCSS Codes:
W.1.1, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8
RL.1.1-7, 9
L.1.1, 1b, 1f, 1j, 2, 4, 4c, 5, 5c, 6
SL.1.1, 1a, 1b, 1c, 2-6
RF.1.1, 3, 3f, 4, 4a, 4b, 4c

About the Book

With an exquisite palette and stunning compositions, award-winning illustrator R. Gregory Christie reimagines one of Aesop's most popular fables.

City Mouse leaves his noisy apartment for a vacation in the country—only to find drab meals, unseen predators, unbearable heat and too much quiet! So City Mouse takes his country cousin to Mousetropolis, where a rodent can indulge in rich food and rub elbows with the elite.

But just as the party is getting started, disaster strikes! A cat attacks, scaring the city sophisticates clear out of their fine attire . . . while Country Mouse runs without stopping until he reaches the familiar fields of home.


Read an exclusive Q&A with author, R. Gregory Christie!

Classroom Discussion Questions with CCSS:

1. Why do you think author R. Gregory Christie chose MOUSETROPOLIS as the title for this story? RL.1-2.1, 4

2. Compare and contrast two versions of City Mouse, Country Mouse based on the setting, adventures and experiences of the characters. RL.1-2.9 / SL.1-2.1

3. How does R. Gregory Christie enhance meaning and tone through illustrations and picture details? Give examples of how the illustrations describe the characters, setting and events in MOUSTROPOLIS. RL.1-2.7

4. What is the moral of the story? RL.1-2.2 / W.3, 8

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Lesson plan aligned with Instructional standards.