Cat and Mouse in Partnership

cat and mouse in partnershipThis folktale from the Brothers Grimm is about a greedy cat which cheats a trusting friend. In most folktales, something bad would happen to the cat to teach it a lesson for not being a good friend. Not so here! Possible morals? You can’t trust anyone who is not one of your kind. Or, you can’t change the natural way of the world.

English Learner Vocabulary Help

The words and expressions in our Simplified English story which are not in our Elementary Level 800 word list are: , , , , , , , , , , , and .

General Comments on the Story

household talesOur source for this version of the story was a book called Households Tales by Brothers Grimm” from British writer and translator Margaret Hunt. The book, which was first published in 1884, contains translations of all 200 Grimm folktales plus 10 legends. It can be downloaded in various e-book forms from Project Gutenberg here.


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curl up(phrasal verb: curl up) To lie or sit with your back bent forward and your legs pulled up close to your body.

emotion(n: emotion pl emotions) A strong feeling such as love, anger, joy, hate, or fear. 2000

greedy(adj: greedy, greedier, greediest) Having or showing a selfish desire to have more of something (such as money or food) than is right.
(adv: greedily) In a greedy manner. 3000

lick(v: lick, licks, licked, licking) To pass the tongue over something so as to make it wet or eat it. 4000

lip(n: lip pl lips) Either one of the two soft pink parts on the top and bottom of the mouth. 3000

paw(n: paw pl paws) The foot of a land animal that has claws. 5000

scream(v: scream, screams, screamed, screaming) 1. To suddenly cry out in a loud and high voice because of fear, pain, surprise, etc. 2. To say something in a loud and high voice because you are angry, afraid, etc. (กรีดร้อง) 3000

shake your head(v: shake, shakes, shook, shaken, shaking your head) To turn your head from side to side as a way of answering “no” or of showing disagreement or that you will not do something. (ส่ายหัว)

silly(adj: silly, sillier, silliest) Having or showing a lack of good sense or judgment; foolish or stupid. (โง่) 2000

spots< (n: spot pl spots) A small mark of a different color from its background. (จุด) 2000

tongue(n: tongue pl tongues) 1. The soft, movable part in the mouth that is used for tasting and eating food and in human beings for speaking. (ลิ้น) 2. A language. English is his mother/native tongue. He speaks with a foreign tongue. (ภาษา) 3000

yard(n: yard pl yards) 1. The area of ground around a house, usually covered with grass or plants. (สนาม) 2. An area of enclosed (fenced) ground used for a special purpose. (ลานบ้าน) 3. An old British unit of length equal to three feet or 0.9144 meters. (หลา) 2000

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