Props: Basket (or something else for a Trap); Car (or something else for Sister to travel Far From Home in)
So it’s “Whose mouse are you?” (addressing Little Mouse). “Nobody’s mouse…” says Little Mouse to me. Then it’s: “Nobody’s mouse? What of your mother?...?” and so on.
I kind of draw out Little Mouse’s response, which heightens the suspense a bit plus gives me time to pull out the puppets and props: “My Mother? My mother? [Pull out Mother Mouse] My mother is…….Caught by a cat!” [Pull out Cat puppet and have her pounce (but not too menacingly) on top of Mother Mouse]. Shake head sadly and ask: “What of your father?...”
As a storyteller, tone of voice goes a long way in this story, and you can be pretty broad with them: worried when Mouse describes his family’s perils; triumphant when he rescues them; pleased when they’re safe; and surprised with Little Brother pops out. Although it’s a story with puppets, I really think it’s the storytelling that makes it work. And it’s always fun to notice how strongly even very young children respond to the voices and facial expressions of a storyteller.