Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Reason # 764: Why Publish Foreign Language and Bilingual Books?

A mother mouse and her seven baby mice lived inside the walls of a large house. One day the mother mouse decided it was time for her pinkys to venture outside the mouse hole and see the world.

"Oh, you'll love it," she said. "It's huge and exciting, but stay close to the wall."

So, they left their nest and scurried into the kitchen. The baby mice were astounded. Everything was so big and there was so much. Mother Mouse taught them how to spot a crumb and run out into the open, snatch it, and bring it back to a safe corner. The pinky mice were having a grand time.

"Sigh," said Mother Mouse as she watched her little ones explore. Then, she felt as if she was being watched. She turned her head very slowly and came eye-to-eye with a very large cat. With nerves of steel, she backed closer to the wall and cried to her babies, "Come to me! Come to me!"

All the baby mice ran to their mother and huddled in close. Mother Mouse took a big breath and said, "Bow Wow!"

The cat screeched and, with terror in his eyes, ran away.

"Now, there," said Mother Mouse. "That is a fine example of why it is a good idea to have a second language."

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