Today is Erica S. Perl's birthday, she of Chicken Butt fame!
Holey moley, I think it is funny how I can be so besotted by an animal I have never seen. In Australia we do not have moles, but pictures and literature make them seem so endearing, despite their bad eyesight, and the fact that they are nocturnal and live underground. Maybe you can be besotted by wombats or bilbies if you live in a country that doesn't have them! Recently I discovered Roslyn Schwartz's The Mole Sisters and wished I had known them for longer and as separate books rather than a bindup of all ten stories in one book. This book obviously added to my besottedness which had already begun and been fuelled by books such as Vanessa Cabban's mole in Jonathan Emmett's four books, one for each season: Diamond in the Snow; Bringing Down the Moon; The Best Gift of All and No Place Like Home and Rosalind Beardshaw's mole in David Bedford's two mole stories, Mole's in Love and Mole's Babies and of course the beautiful mole in Jeanne Willis and Sarah Fox-Davies' Mole's Sunrise. This got me thinking display and buy puppets. I have purchased two of the finger puppets that accompany The Mole Sisters and we already have the mole puppet that accompanies the Gustav Mole musical stories by Kathryn Meyrick that come from Childsplay, and now I can put together a display. Of course I will add the other mole stories that are in the library: