Children's Jane Yolen Eeny, Meeny, Miney Mole

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Eeny, Meeny, Miney Mole

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Three moles who live underground wonder what the world is like "Up Above" and one of them finally ventures upward to find out for herself.

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PreSchool-Grade 1-- Meeny and Miney Mole are quite content in their underground home where, ``dark was light, day was night, and summer and winter seemed the same.'' When their little sister Eeny, on her burrowing expedition, hears from other below-ground creatures that possibly in ``Up Above'' all is not the same, her sisters don't want to listen. But Eeny can't help but wonder, and one day she digs up and reaches the world above. There she discovers light, day, and spring. The text is carefully constructed, with thoughts building upon one another and reality clothed in poetic contemplation. This is also a book of opposites, of questions, and of astonishing answers. While the narrative tends to be heavily controlled, the watercolor illustrations lighten the overall effect. The characters have such full and individual personalities, and the vision of all the rooms visited is so complete, that readers will be drawn into each earth-brown picture. Young Eeny is especially engaging as she pulls her doll in its acorn wagon, a shovel by her side, energy and innocent determination in each stride. A notable effort by both author and illustrator. --Martha Topol, Northwestern Michigan College, Traverse City, MI
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Kirkus Reviews:

Eeny, a tiny mole who lives with her big fat sister Miney and tall pointy sister Meeny, has heard astonishing rumors: ``Up Above there is both day and night.'' Though her tradition-bound sisters discount what worms and centipedes may say, Eeny is determined to see for herself. And so she does, bringing back a floral token of spring to their well-furnished burrow. Yolen's poetic narrative is expertly paced and has a nicely varied repetitive pattern, giving the familiar story of venturing forth into new territory a fresh flavor. Brown's watercolors are just right: the m‚nage is homey, though with clues to its being underground; the older sisters are visibly set in their ways, while Eeny (like Henkes's mice) is sweet but refreshingly persistent. Perfect for sharing aloud. (Picture book. 4-8) -- Copyright ©1992, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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