Monday, April 19, 2010

April Giveaway: But Who Will Bell the Cat?

Sorry this giveaway is coming to you all so late in the month... to say the very least, April has been crazy in my neck of the woods! Anyhow... it's here at last - better late than never, as they say!

Cynthia Von Buhler has put her creative juices to good work, attempting to provide children with a worthy answer to the age-old question set forth by none other than Aesop! In But Who Will Bell the Cats? Von Buhler takes a closer look at that question and finally gives some sort of closure to the Aesop's question: "Who will bell the cat?"!

I absolutely loved this story when I read it... However, I'll be honest, I did have to go back and reread the fable to re-familiarize myself with it, as it has been years since I've done much reading of any of Aesop's fables!


  • Share with your child, Aesop's original fable, "Belling the Cat."
    The Mice once called a meeting to decide on a plan to free themselves of their enemy, the Cat. At least they wished to find some way of knowing when she was coming, so they might have time to run away. Indeed, something had to be done, for they lived in such constant fear of her claws that they hardly dared stir from their dens by night or day.

    Many plans were discussed, but none of them was thought good enough. At last, a very young Mouse got up and said, "I have a plan that seems very simple, but I know it will be successful. All we have to do is to hang a bell around the Cat's neck. When we hear the bell ringing we will know immediately that our enemy is coming."

    All the mice were much surprised that they had not thought of such a plan before. But, in the midst of the rejoicing over their good fortune, an old Mouse arose and said, "I will say that the plan of the young Mouse is very good. But let me ask one question. Who will bell the Cat?"

    It is one thing to say that something should be done, but quite a different matter to do it!
  • After sharing "Belling the Cat," ask your child who he/she thinks should "bell the cat?"
  • In a comment, share his/her idea with me and my readers! Be sure to leave an e-mail address where you can be contacted in the event you should be the winner of the giveaway.
  • Deadline to enter is Sunday, April 25th at 11:59pm EST.
  • For an extra entry, post about the giveaway on your blog and leave a link to the post in a separate comment!
  • Contest is open to US residents only, sorry for any inconveniences!

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style='clear: both;' Mozi Esme said...

We posted about this giveaway at Winning Readings:

My 3yo daughter's idea is to tie a trash can around the cat's neck - a really big one that will make lots of noise. And first we need to hold the cat down so we can tie it.

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style='clear: both;' Linda Kish said...

The young mouse should bell the cat because he can go faster.

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style='clear: both;' apple blossom said...

The young mouse is our choice as he came up with the idea.


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style='clear: both;' Unknown said...

"His mom can help him." is the answer we got here!

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