The Book Fair (part 1)

The Book Fair (part 1) Throughout the long spring, Mr. Owl had been gathering books. Nearly everyone gave him their spares they no longer had room for; the birds, coming home from long journeys, had each brought two or three stuffed in their backpacks; Squirrel...

The Peony & the Bee

The Peony & the Bee   The bees and the ants didn’t always see eye-to-eye, but on this they did agree: the sweet nectar on the peony buds was the height of deliciousness. Faintly perfumed, sticky with peony sugar, but not too sweet on the tongue; neither the...

The Teacup Collection (part 2)

The Teacup Collection (part 2)   Gazing at each delicate teacup in turn, Rabbit shared that her grandmother and her great-aunts — in their much younger days, before settling in to this very burrow — were travelers.   The sisters had been to all sorts of...

The Teacup Collection (part 1)

The Teacup Collection (part 1) At the dusky tail end of a cool, rain-drenched day, after everyone else had gone home to their dinner, Old Possum lounged in the tea shop’s giant purple-upholstered chair, sipping the last of his pot of tea, and chatting with Rabbit....

The Sprinkler

The Sprinkler Rain would be preferable, of course, but everyone was happy with this turn of events.    After too many cloudy but dry days, the Gardener had set up and turned on the sprinkler.    The robins had immediately swooped in to bathe their feathers,...

The Luncheon

The Luncheon As a late-spring treat, Raccoon had organized a small luncheon, which Old Possum was hosting in his formal dining room.   Mama Chipmunk had ironed Possum’s favorite tablecloth, and she and Rabbit had washed five place-settings’ worth of Possum’s best...