Author and illustrator Beatrix Potter, was born in 1866 in London and was inspired by the natural world whilst holidaying in Scotland and the Lake District with her family. The Tale of Johnny Town Mouse is based on the Aesop fable, The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse. It tells of a country mouse and a city mouse who visit each other in their respective homes. After sampling the other's way of life, both express a decided preference for their own. Both characters are available on tiny keepsake thimbles.