A gorgeously illustrated and poetically written classic, set in a 1930s-era city at Christmastime Rediscover the tale of the simple country mouse, magically retold by Helen Ward. Beguiled by his cousin's amazing tales, the country mouse visits the electric city. Unfortunately the town mouse forgot to mention that the city has a lot of noise, tall buildings . . . and dangerous dogs Helen Ward's 1930s New York at Christmas is at once gorgeous and frighteningly busy. In the end the reader understands both why the town mouse loves his exciting life and why the country mouse is content with his peaceful home.