A rat named Jacques lives in the city and is missing the love of his life, Lucille, who lives in the countryside. Jacques decides to visit her. When he gets there the countryside isn't what he expected, so they both go back to the city. However, things don't run as smoothly as expected for them and Lucille ends up being caught by a cat. They then decide to compromise and move.
This fable is also known as ‘The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse’.

First broadcast:
2 February 2009

Before watching the clip, pupils could read a simplified version of the Aesop's fable in English. Pupils could watch the clip and discuss the characters: What do they like/ don't like about the town and the countryside? This activity could be organised as a card sort in pairs/ small groups. The key words could be in English to test understanding of the story in French or in French with visuals: cats, cow, food... Pupils could be talked through all the imperatives in the clip and play a game of 'Simon says' in French. Pupils could choose their favourite moment in the story, draw it as a freeze frame shot and label it with as many French words as possible.