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’.
Before watching the clip, pupils could be given a cut-up simplified version of the Aesop's fable in English for them to put back in order. Pupil can then watch the clip to check if they have sequenced the story correctly. Pupils should be encouraged to categorise positives and negatives: la maison en ville, la maison à la campagne, magnifique, calme, stressant, gateaux, chat, vache... and be ready to explain the reason for their choice of category. Could be used to introduce or consolidate the use of du/ de la/ des, with pupils drawing a feast for both mice labelled in French. Pupils could act out a scene in the story in French.