A rat named Jacques lives in the city and is missing the love of his life, Lucille, who lives in the countryside. So Jacques decides to visit her. But 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. So they decide to compromise and move. This fable is also known as 'The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse'.
Students could discuss the differences between town life and countryside life. Students could learn the phrases ‘I like…’ and ‘I dislike…’. Students could learn new sentences like ‘I don’t like noise’ and so on.
Students could be asked to retell or summarise the story in writing, through pictures or drama. The English version of this story could be shared to assess comprehension and understanding. Were any parts of the story missed out in students retelling? Were any parts misunderstood?
Note: This story is also available in English, with the title 'The Town Rat and the Country Rat' (animation).