The piece is one of a series of circus themes, and it is titled "The Lesson". The larger mouse who wears a ringleader style suit bounces high on his ball, while the smaller mouse only jumps a little way up. Juggling balls are scattered around where they have been practicing balancing and juggling. A very small mouse, too young to train yet, helps by picking up the balls and handing them back to the ringmaster.
Posters around the base show of other circus acts such as mouse mind readers and rope walkers, also included is an old poster of Jumbo, a sad story of a circus elephant who was killed by a train whist passing over the tracks. He was later preserved as taxidermy, always to be the children's friend.
The piece moves by turning the handle 360 degrees on the front, this causes the mice on the balls to bounce up and down.