Small As a Mouse
Once upon a time, there was a little girl who was playing with her
dollhouse. As she peer inside through the window, she could see the teeny
tiny sofa in the living room, and the teeny tiny refrigerator in the
kitchen and the teeny tiny bed in the upstairs bedroom. It was wonderful.
So wonderful that she wanted to not just play with it, but to play in
"I wish I was as small as a mouse so that I could play in my dollhouse,"
she said to herself.
"Wish? Did I hear someone say wish?" said a teeny tiny voice. When she
looked around, she saw a teeny tiny mouse wearing a black top-hat. "I can help
you, you know," he said.
"Oh, that would be wonderful," she said. "But how can you help?"
The mouse took off his hat, and reached inside. He took out a ring and gave
it to the little girl. The ring was exactly the size of her finger.
"Put that on," the mouse said, "and you will shrink to my size."
She did, and the girl began to get smaller and smaller and smaller, until
she was teeny tiny… and eye-level with the mouse.
"Oh thank you, kind mouse," she said. "I so want to play. Would you like to
come in and have tea?"
"That would be grand," said the mouse as he put his top-hat back on. So the
two of them entered the dollhouse together.
The teeny tiny girl scurried over to the sofa in the living and plopped
herself down. "Ow!" she cried. "This sofa isn't soft like the sofa in my
living room, it's just hard plastic!"
"Oh, it isn't so bad," said the mouse, sitting down on a chair. "Didn't you
mention something about tea?"
"Oh yes, I did. Make yourself comfortable, as much as you can, and I'll
start things up in the kitchen," the teeny tiny girl said as she headed for
She opened the refrigerator and realized that it wasn't real and there was
nothing in it. "My refrigerator at home always has good things to eat in
it," she sighed.
Then she opened the cupboards for some teacups, but realized that
the dishes were all hooked together. While
this would be good for little girls with little fingers, it was awfully
bothersome for teeny tiny girls with teeny tiny fingers wanted to have
separate tea cups.
"Mr. Mouse," said the little girl, "I'm afraid we'll just have to pretend
at having tea."
"Pretend tea is my favorite kind of tea," said the gracious mouse, and he
sat at the table and pretended to pour.
So the teeny tiny girl has tea with the mouse and had a delightful time,
for the mouse told her stories about how life was in her backyard and how he
was once chased by a huge monster.
"Really? I didn't know I had monsters in my backyard. What did it look
like?" the teeny tiny girl asked.
"It was huge! It was coal black with fur and huge fangs!" exclaimed the
"That sounds like my dog! She isn't a monster, she is my pet!"
the teeny tiny girl replied.
"Pet? I can't imagine having anything that ferocious as a pet!" the mouse
said as he buttered a pretend scone. He then told her another story about
how he got into an argument with a squirrel about some seeds and another
story about this raven who is always telling the funniest jokes.
"Well, I must be off," said the mouse, "as I have to stop and pick up some
seeds on my way home."
"Where do you go for those?"
"There is this wonderful tree that rains seeds most of the day. I just
stand underneath and wait for them to fall. The tree doesn't have any
branches though, just a big box at the top," he said.
"That doesn't sound like a tree, that sounds like my bird feeder," the
teeny tiny girl said with a laugh. "Thank you so much for visiting. I am
getting tired, so I think I will go upstairs and take a nap."
So the mouse left out the front door, and the girl went up the stairs and
into the bedroom and laid down on the bed. "Ow! This bed is so hard, not
like my soft bed in my bedroom. I don't think I want to be this size any
But she didn't know how she would get back to being just little. She
quickly ran to the window and called out, "Mr. Mouse! Mr. Mouse! Don't go
just yet, I need to ask you something!"
But he was no where to be found, so she ran out of the dollhouse and looked
She looked at the ring on her finger and said, "Such an wonderful ring that can
make me so small, but now it is an awful ring now that I don't want to be
small anymore." But when she took the ring off, she started to grow and grow
And soon, she was just little.
"I must keep this for tomorrow," she said as she jumped into her soft
bed to take a nap.
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