"Sunset came earlier each day, and Scoochie Mouse felt the urge to store lots of seeds in her hiding places in the barn and up in her nest in the hayloft.
"The harvest was coming in. Dad and Mom worked harder than ever. Some days Tom and Jessica stayed home from school to help. The orchard was full of ripe apples. Their sweet fragrance hung like a cloud of perfume around every tree.
"On the morning that the first frost lay glistening over the fallen leaves, there came a great honking and flapping out of the wide blue sky. The chickens set up a chorus of welcome. The Canada geese were flying south, and they always stopped at the farm to visit Spitzer the gnome...." (from "Scoochie Mouse in Autumn")
Scoochie, like all mice, is quiet and careful in her comings and goings, which is all the better for her to see and hear the world around her! And though she may not understand everything she observes in the farmhouse, her senses are keen to detect the most important things in life. And on this particular farm these most important of things are evident in abundance: a deep reverence for the natural world, an abiding kindness toward all creatures, love, and goodness.
The Adventures of Scoochie Mouse follows Scoochie, the farm family, and Scoochie’s gnome and animal friends through the four seasons of the year. Each season includes a short, imaginative "story within the story."
(Ages 3–6 years)