Story No. 13: Mouse Finds a Winter House

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Mouse Finds a Winter House

Mother Earth went for a walk one day

Her children for to see

And soon she met a little mouse

As happy as could be.

“Little Mouse, Little mouse

You must find a winter house

You must look both far and near

To find a warm safe home, my dear.”

Little mouse looked all around

Until he found a pumpkin round

Lying snug upon the ground.

Nibble, nibble, nibble

Nibble, nibble, nibble.

The puppet version of this story

Inside the pumpkin it was cozy and warm

With food to eat and safe from harm

Soon little mouse fell fast asleep

While Mother earth her watch did keep.

“Whoo-ooo” blew the wind

And it blew a leaf over

Making a fine pumpkin house door.

“Whoo-oo.” The wind blew the leaves from the trees

Covering the pumpkin house

And keeping mouse warm in the cool Autumn breeze

Mother Earth and Mouse

“Whoo-oo,” the wind blew colder still;

Then came the snowflakes, soft and white

Covering mouse’s house with a blanket bright.

Mother Earth went for a walk on day,

her children for to see

And she found her little mouse as happy as could be.

“Rest well little mouse

In your cozy little house.

I will watch over you you all winter long

And sing you to sleep with my loving song.

Good night.

Sleep tight.”

The End


Well, it was bound to happen sooner or later–this week I just didn’t feel like writing or doing much of anything.  I’m back home in Chicago and feeling a little squirrelly.  I’m tired from all my travels.  At least the weather is mild here.  Anyhow, I recycled an old story this week.  This is one I’ve presented as a puppet play in my parent-child and nursery classes (As you can see from the photos above).  The painting is new, though!

Also, this story is my version of a story I learned from Suzanne Down, who is a wonderful puppeteer, teacher and human being.  Check out her website, Juniper Tree Puppets.  You can also sign up for her newsletter, if you’re interested.  Every month she sends out a seasonal story, often with instructions on how to make the puppets or present the story.  I have been lucky enough to take her puppetry training.  If you’re interested in such things, I highly recommend it.

This story is a protection story.  Suzanne spoke of the importance of protecting the young child.  In our time, and especially in a city, there are many sounds, sights, smells, etc that can overwhelm the senses of a young child.  When I tell this story, I use a story apron, a felted pumpkin and a felted mouse and a felted Mother Earth puppet.  The mouse goes into the pumpkin and the leaf makes a door–already two layers of protection.  (When I tell this story with little one, mouse peeks out until the very end).  Then when the autumn leaves fall down, I cover the pumpkin with a red or gold silk.  When the snow falls, I cover the pumpkin with another white silk.  Then Mother Earth comes and tucks mouse in to sleep and covers him all up as she sings, “Good night, sleep tight.”  It is very soothing.

That’s part of the reason I chose this story for this week, too.  I needed some soothing coming back to the big city!  In my painting, I tried to capture that feeling of protection, as well.

As always, thanks for stopping by!

Good night!  Sleep tight!

I am a writer, handworker, artist and teacher (a WHAT!), and a mom of two beautiful daughters who are amazingly 17 and 21. I am working on getting my first book, a fantasy novel for young people, published and am busy spinning on my new spinning wheel. I have been a Waldorf early childhood teacher for 10 years now, and before that, I was a lawyer. Teaching is much more fun.

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