What is Percy doing to the Jones' cat, Samantha? Percy is
tying a red balloon to sleeping Samantha's tail. He quickly hides behind a book on the bookcase to see Samantha's reaction.
Upon awakening, Samantha runs around in circles, trying to catch the balloon. Hearing Percy's giggles, she realizes she's
been fooled again. Samantha chases Percy into the mouse hole, but he's too quick for her!
It's suppertime. Quick as a flash, Percy is out of the mouse
hole. He returns, pushing a green grape across the floor with each paw and clenching another between his teeth. Momma mouse
claps her paws in delight, saying, "Goodie. We'll have grapes for dessert." Poppa mouse looks disgusted, shrugs his shoulders
and returns to the book he's reading.
Poppa wishes Percy would behave like a regular mouse instead
of gathering objects from the Jones family. Momma mouse enjoys helping Percy fashion furniture from different objects. Her
favourite was the sardine tin bathtub.
The next morning, Momma sent Percy to get some fabric scraps
from Mrs. Jones' sewing basket. Mrs. Jones was the neighbourhood seamstress. Mr. Jones was a retired sheriff. Percy returned
with scraps of pink checked and blue fabric as well as white lace. Momma made a lace trimmed pink checked apron and blue tobacco
pouch. These were gifts to thank the Jones for all the objects Percy had taken from their home. Percy laid them on Mrs. Jones'
Later that evening, Mrs. Jones decided to finish sewing the
christening dress for the neighbour's newborn daughter. She discovered the gifts on her chair and wondered who had sewn them.
The delicate stitches were beautiful!
A spool of thread fell from Mrs. Jones' lap, rolling across
the floor. It ended up half in and half out of the mouse hole. Bending to pick it up, Mrs. Jones noticed a peculiar arch in
the corner wall. Lying on her stomach, and using a flashlight, Mrs. Jones discovered a mouse family asleep on tiny beds. Around
the room were small pieces of furniture, fashioned from objects missing from her home for months. Now Mrs. Jones knew who
had sewn the gifts.
She attached a note next to the mouse hole which read, “Thank
you for the beautiful gifts. Why don't you and your family join us for Thanksgiving dinner? Mrs. Jones.”
The family talked about it and decided to accept the invitation.
Percy left a note on Mrs. Jones' chair.
“Mrs. Jones, we would love to come to Thanksgiving dinner.
I'll bring a jar of grape jam. Thank you. Millie Mouse”
Fall was here. Leaves were changing to golden yellow and red.
The air was crispy cool. Thanksgiving had finally arrived. Mrs. Jones purchased a toy tea set for the mouse family's meal.