The Care Package

The Care Package   When he delivered Rabbit’s mail that evening, Squirrel also brought the unexpected news that a human was sleeping in the meadow. Given the telltale box of tissues — and the fact that the Gardener’s wife was both wrapped in a blanket and napping...

The Herbs

The Herbs   It was the time of year when the Gardener and his wife started lining up terra-cotta pots on the porch railings and filling them, two to four each week, with tiny, fragrant plants: basil, mint, oregano, rosemary, several varieties of sage, and even a...

The Resourceful Mr. Owl

The Resourceful Mr. Owl   As the school year wound down, Mr. Owl had an increasingly difficult time convincing his students to focus on their lessons.   Although each school day only lasted from mid-morning until early afternoon, with a lunch break in the...

The Nonstop Rain

The Nonstop Rain   It had been raining — pouring, really — for days, and Rabbit was feeling rather soggy.   Everyone was staying home so they wouldn’t get washed away, which of course meant no customers in her shop. But that, in turn, also meant Rabbit could...

The Reading Party

The Reading Party   The Gardener and his wife had gone away for several days and, as they usually did when traveling, left the cats in charge. Which, of course, meant tuna-salad sandwiches for dinner every night, and knitting parties with Squirrel.   But the...

The Redbud Trees, part 2

The Redbud Trees, part 2   With the redbuds nearly in bloom, the bees knew it was time to plan a feast.   Two honeybees volunteered to go on a scouting expedition, and they returned that evening to report that Possum was, indeed, correct. The venerable trees...