Monday, March 21, 2011

Eeny, Meeny, Miney Mole

Spring is officially here, though you wouldn't be able to tell it today.  We woke up to sleet and rain!

Jane Yolan 1992
illustrated by Kathryn Brown

Eeny Mole lives with her two sisters in a hole where they can't tell day from night or summer from winter. She meets a worm and a centipede and a snake who all tell her "astonishing things" about Up Above. Things about light and darkness and the seasons. Her sisters don't care about those things, they're content in their hole. But Eeny decides to see for herself and is amazed.

Light did spread from corner to corner like a blanket above her.  But it also touched in and out of tall trees like a thread.
Day was sharp, but the shadows were soft, and she liked the way they curved around into night.
There was a strange moistness to the air, a little like tears, that was sometimes warm and sometimes cold.  She could not tell if it was winter or summer or something in between.  But there was a murmur all around, of bees and trees, of showers and flowers, of tadpoles and tidepools and crinkly grass.

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