Book Size: 11" x 8.5"

Pages: 32

Format: Hardback

ISBN: 9781623719869 HB
ISBN: 9781623719609 PB

Imprint: Crocodile Books

Edition: 1

Illustrated by: Kathryn Brown

Illustrations: full-color

Ages: 3 to 8

Release date: Spring/Summer 2018

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Eeny, Meeny, Miney Mole

By • Illustrated by Kathryn Brown

Paperback $ 8.95 | Hardback $ 17.95

“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 menage 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)” — Kirkus Reviews

About this book

Curious Eeny Mole emerges from her dark hole home to discover the world up above.

Eeny, Meeny, and Miney Mole live at the bottom of a deep, dark hole. In that hole, dark is light, day is night, and summer and winter seem the same. Meeny and Miney are perfectly content to stay down in the deep, dark hole all by themselves, safe and warm. But Eeny has heard there's something wonderful Up Above. She wants to know what it is. So she goes to find it.

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About the authors

Jane Yolen is the author of 365 books for children, young adults, and adults. Winner of the World Fantasy Award for her folk collection Favorite Folktales from around the World, she has authored a dozen other folklore collections, including Gray Heroes, Mirror, Mirror, Not One Damsel in Distress, and The Fairies’ Ring. Her work has won the Nebula Award, the Caldecott Medal, three Mythopoeic Society Awards, the Jewish Book Award, five bodies of work awards, and been nominated for the National Book Award. She lives in Massachusetts and St. Andrews, Scotland.

Kathryn Brown has illustrated numerous highly-acclaimed picture books for children. She lives with her husband and their daughter near Jane Yolen in western Massachusetts. She did not, however, use the moles on Jane Yolen's farm as models for this book. (They were too hard to catch.)

Reviews

“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 menage 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)” — Kirkus Reviews

“PreSchool-Grade 1—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… 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.” — School Library Journal

“Just as children often wonder about the earth beneath their feet, the littlest mole here sets out to discover the world ‘Up Above.’ When Eeny is told by her sisters that there is light as well as darkness, winter and summer too, she tries to imagine these concepts in familiar terms, envisioning light, for example, spreading like a blanket. Finally she burrows out of her hole and experiences spring. In its celebration of the duality and complexity of nature, Yolen’s inventive text abounds with wisdom and humor—her imagery and linguistic skills lift the tale far above the ordinary. The older moles scold, ‘Don’t listen to addlepated centipedes’—using the kind of large, old-fashioned words children love to hear. When Eeny ponders things she has never seen, she thinks imagistically, like a poet: ‘She wondered if light . . . touched in and out like the thread in the hem of a dress.’ Brown’s gracefully droll watercolors—more mature in technique than in her earlier Mule dred—portray the underworld with fanciful touches: an acorn serves as a doll’s carriage, a jonquil becomes a periscope. The palette of befogged earth tones is complemented by scattered spots of luminescence when lanterns, fire and glass light up the underworld. Ages 4-8.” — Publishers Weekly

About the Author

Kathryn Brown has illustrated numerous highly-acclaimed picture books for children. She lives with her husband and their daughter near Jane Yolen in western Massachusetts. She did not, however, use the moles on Jane Yolen’s farm as models for this book. (They were too hard to catch.)

Additional information

Author

Yolen , Jane

Edition

1

Inprint

Crocodile Books

Pages

32

Type

HB

Illustrator

Brown , Kathryn

Illustrations

full-color

Age

3 to 8

Release date

Spring/Summer 2018

Author Home

Massachusetts , USA

Format

11" x 8"å_"

Cover

Hardback, Paperback

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