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.
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
“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.
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!