I like mice. I always have. As a child one of my favorite poems was "Mice" by Rose Fyleman. [It starts with the lines, "I think mice are rather nice. Their tails are long, their faces small; They haven't any chins at all. Their ears are pink, their teeth are white, They run about the house at night...]
So when I saw this poem I had to see what it was about; and "The Mouse and the Christmas Cake" turned out to be a cute little poem with some delightful old illustrations. The opening lines are:
A pretty story I will tell,
Of Nib, a little Mouse,
Who took delight, when none where near,
To skip about the house.
Her little nose could sniff and smell
Where all good things were kept,
And in the pantry well she knew
That mistress Pussy slept.
It's attributed to our old friend, Anonymous. I tried to find out the publication date and it appears to have been 1858. It was published by the McLoughlin Brothers in New York, and if you are the sort of person that likes old quaint poems and artwork, you'll probably like this little download.
As for children liking it: it will probably be hit-or-miss as to the poem, but most older children will probably want to look at the art.
mom/poetry and mouse lover