How Cartoons Taught Me About the Wild World Beyond My Fenced-in Backyard Until I Could Discover the Real Thing.

  In our old house with all of its charming characteristics, unseen openings allow entrance for mice. The first time I noticed pieces of oatmeal in a little trail leading to the door of the attic, I thought “How precious.” I imagined the animated mice Jaq and Gus in Cinderella with their cheek pouches bulging…