A hungry weasel finds a mouse sitting under a tree, reading a book. "Ah!," said the weasel, "I am going to make mouse soup." "Oh!," said the mouse. "I am going to be mouse soup." But the clever mouse knows what to do. He tells the weasel that mouse soup won't taste good without stories in it — and proceeds to tell four silly tales. The first features a nest of too friendly bees and some mud. The second features two stones. The third is about loud crickets, and the fourth about a thorn bush. These are the ingredients, the mouse explains finally, that the weasel must put in his soup. But when the weasel comes home from collecting them, he finds that the main ingredient — the mouse — has gone home to finish reading his book.
Arnold Lobel's many books for children include Fables, winner of the Caldecott Medal; Frog and Toad Are Friends, a Caldecott Honor Book; and Frog and Toad Together, a Newbery Honor Book. Filled with warm, amusing illustrations, this inviting mouse adventure is told in accessible text that encourages beginning readers to read on their own.