Country Mouse’s Thanksgiving StoryPosted by Suzanne, on November 7th, 2012
The Country Mouse’s Thanksgiving
Across the hills and in the valley by a large pond lived a kind
farmer. It was harvest time, and the thoughtful farmer always
left food in the fields for the animals. A little grey-brown mouse lived
under the yellow shelf in the root cellar, with plenty of room in his
house for storing good food for the long winter.
Every day now Mouse went to the fields to gather the kind gifts from
farmer. There were corn kernals, small potatoes, outer leaves of
cabbages, and so much more. In the orchard there were also
many apples, pears, and plums that were still on the ground.
It was a great harvest for Mouse. In fact his cozy room became full
of food for winter. This year there was more than the mouse needed,
and he decided to invite his meadow and forest friends for a country
Thanksgiving Harvest Soup. For mouse was indeed grateful to the
farmer for providing so much food to eat. Mouse knew how many
animals would be hungry by mid-winter.
Mouse talked to his friend Sparrow about his plan, and Sparrow
flew here and there inviting the friends to the Harvest soup. He first
flew to Frog who said, ‘oh yes what fun, we can celebrate on the flat
stone in the pond. There is a log bridge right to the big flat stone,
and from there we can see the harvest moon rise
in the sky.’ Frog said he could bring some wild onions to add to the soup.
There were still some growing by the pond.
Sparrow then flew to Little Brown Bunny who was delighted with the idea,
and said he would gladly bring carrots to add to the soup. The last stop was
Gold Finch’s nest, and she fluttered her wings and said, ‘oh Sparrow,
you and I can bring lots of tasty sunflower seeds!’
And so the friends planned their Thanksgiving feast. Mouse started
cooking the soup. How good it smelled.
Barn Cat was hiding nearby, and heard them planning. ‘Yummm’, he
thought, ‘what a tasty meal I will have, I will sneak up on them and pounce!’
Evening came and the friends set up their Thanksgiving meal
on the flat rock in the pond. Mouse and Little Brown Bunny pulled
the soup on a little cart carefully, carefully over the log bridge.
It was a little slippery! The sunset colors danced on the water.
They ate the delicious soup, sang songs, danced, and had so much
They did not see Cat hiding in the reeds by the log. He started silently
creeping over the log. It was getting darker and he went very slowly.
Closer and closer he got. ‘Mmmm mouse and bird will make a fine
Thanksgiving dinner for ME! Now that they have eaten their soup
they will be all the tastier.’
It just so happened that Frog decided to have a little swim, right then,
and he turned around just in time to see Cat closing in!
SPLASH, he jumped in the water, spraying water all over cat!
Cat stopped to shake, shake his fur!
Mouse squeeked, Bunny thumped, and they both hid behind the soup pot!
Sparrow and Goldfinch started to squawk and flutter and dive at Cat….
peck peck peck they went, up and down, up and down,
pecking at Cat!
It was so dark by now and the birds were so quick that Cat could not
stop them, and he got so off balance that he fell off the log
right into the pond!
‘Meow, meow, meow’, Cat called out as he scrambled as best he
could onto the shore, and ran lickety split back to the barn. He went
right to the hay bales and hid himself there, to lick his fur and
recover from all the fright.
Back on the flat stone, Frog and Mouse, Gold Finch, Sparrow, and
Little Brown Bunny said ‘WHEW! that was a close call!’
But nothing was going to ruin their Thanksgiving party.
They sat on the edge of the flat stone and watched as the
Harvest Moon rose in the sky.
‘Look, said Mouse, ‘Moon has a friend tonight’, and they saw the
moon’s reflection in the pond. Mouse started to sing, and the other
friends joined in.
‘Shine on shine on Harvest Moon up in the sky….’
They sang and sang and all agreed to have a Thanksgiving party each
and every year.