As World War II erupts in Europe, London is no longer a safe place for a little mouse. Teddy must follow the humans from their city home to resettle in the country, where the war won't prevent them from dropping breadcrumbs. Once there, he meets a welcoming mouse family happy to share their bounty of oats, milk, and other farm fare with a refugee from London. However, life in the country presents its own challenges, like the tabby cat Spitfire, who threatens the tranquility of the little mouse family. Teddy must rely on his ingenuity and creativity to save the mouse family that so generously saved him.
Dorothy Burroughes was one of the finest poster and printmakers in the early twentieth century, who also wrote and illustrated some of the most unusual and hopeful tales for children in the 1930s and 1940s. Not only did she provide delightful stories for children, employing animals anthropomorphically to address diverse situations and problems that humans encountered, but she also had a unique approach to portraying animals—she viewed them as more humane than humans and devised plots that showed how they resolved most of their dilemmas peacefully, not violently through battles and wars. Through her works, Burroughes displays her own remarkable creativity and morality as an artist who deserves more of our attention.
Jack Zipes is professor emeritus of German and comparative literature at the University of Minnesota. In addition to his scholarly work, he is an active storyteller in public schools and has written fairy tales for children and adults. In his happy retirement he founded a small publishing house called Little Mole and Honey Bear. Some of his recent publications include: Tales of Wonder: Retelling Fairy Tales through Picture Postcards (2017), Fearless Ivan and His Faithful Horse Double-Hump (2018), The Hundred Riddles of the Fairy Bellaria (2018), Slap-Bam, The Art of Governing Men: Édouard Laboulaye's Political Fairy Tales (2018), The Giant Ohl and Tiny Tim (2019), Johnny Breadless (2020), and Hermynia zur Mühlen's The Castle of Truth and Other Revolutionary Tales (2020). His new mission in life is to unbury dead and neglected authors of fantasy and to create conditions for a better world.
See Dorothy Burroughes' other title The Magic Herb.