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by Michelle Tocher

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Tiniest Mouse of All

The cat has caught the king of mice, and he isn’t going to let him go until we find the magic ring.

I’m the tiniest mouse in the castle but I stepped forward and I said, “I know where the ring is because I live in the room of the princess. Every night, she takes the ring off her finger and puts it into her mouth for safekeeping.” I screwed up my courage. “I’ll undertake to get it for you,” I said.

I skittered away to the room of the princess, and I waited until nightfall. When she had fallen asleep, I crept onto her bed and gnawed a hole in her pillow. The down feathers flew into her nose, and they caused her to sneeze and cough. The ring fell out of her mouth and onto the coverlet. In a flash I seized it and brought it back to the cat. I set it down before him as ransom for the king.

Now all the mice are celebrating me. Imagine. Me! The tiniest mouse of all!

The Tiniest Mouse of All in The Magic Ring, Yellow Fairy Book