Book Size: 11" x 8.5"
Imprint: Crocodile Books
Illustrated by: Kathryn Brown
Ages: 3 - 8
Release date: Fall 2021Category: Children's Books
Eeny Up Above!
By Jane Yolen • Illustrated by Kathryn Brown$ 17.95
Not yet published
About this book
Curious Eeny Mole emerges from her dark hole home to discover the world up above
Eeny Mole lives with her family at the bottom of a deep, dark hole. One day she discovers something wonderful Up Above. And she goes exploring.
The amazingly prolific Jane Yolen, has been called “America’s Hans Christian Andersen.” She is the distinguished author of over 365 books, including Fairy Tale Feasts, Jewish Fairy Tale Feasts, Owl Moon and Devil’s Arithmetic. She lives on an old farm in western Massachusetts with numerous moles who do not seem to be afraid of anything. She enjoys taking walks along the river near her house and visiting people, including her editors—in fact, she wrote this book in the office of one of them.
Praise for Jane Yolen and Kathryn Brown’s Eeny, Meeny, Miney Mole:
“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.)