One day Dad came home with two pet mice in a little cage. Sarah loved them.
She called the brown one Pepper and the white one Salt.
Dad made a big new cage for Pepper and Salt. It had a wheel and a ladder and a room upstairs.
Sarah played with the mice a lot. And so did Nicky from next door. "Don't take them outside," said Mom.
But one day Nicky did take Pepper outside. "No! Don't do that!" said Sarah. "Bring Pepper back inside!" But Nicky put Pepper down on the grass to see if he liked it, and…
…Pepper ran away! He ran into a flower bed. "I'm sorry!" said Nicky. Nicky was sorry, but that did not bring Pepper back. Pepper had gone.
There are lots of hiding places in a garden for a little brown mouse. The children looked for Pepper but they did not find him.
"A cat may get him and eat him up!" said Sarah. Nicky went home crying.
"Let's put Pepper's little cage out in the garden," said Mom, "Maybe he will want to go back inside his old home."
Sarah put some food in the cage. "Pepper will be hungry," she said. Mom and Sarah put the cage down in the flowers. They opened the door, but Pepper did not come.
They had to go back to the house without him. Sarah went to tell Salt. "Pepper has gone," she said. But…
…at bedtime they looked again, and there, sitting inside his old cage,was Pepper! "Salt will be pleased." said Sarah and Salt was.