By Wong Herbert Yee
Mouse and Mole are neighbors.
Mouse lives within an oak tree, and Mole lives in a gap underneath.
They are buddies, yet also they are friends.
Sometimes acquaintances make mistakes—but they constantly attempt to aid one another out. that's what Mouse and Mole do.
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Do you know that once you brush, your whole dust is going down into my gap? I sweep my position great and tidy within the morning, yet by way of night, it should be swept yet again! " "If you brush within the morning," stated Mouse, "and nonetheless within the evening... Why, you might have two times as a lot paintings as I do. that doesn't appear reasonable. " jointly, they sat down at the droop. Mouse twirled her tail. Mole rubbed his snout. "I have an concept! " squeaked Mouse. She instructed Mole her new plan. They shook paws. "Good night," stated Mouse to Mole. "Good night," stated Mole to Mouse. the following morning whilst Mole awakened, he didn't sweep his gap. At twelve o'clock sharp, he grabbed his broom and knocked on Mouse's door: TAP-TAP-TAP. "Good afternoon," acknowledged Mole to Mouse. "Good afternoon," stated Mouse to Mole. Mouse ran to fetch her broom. jointly, they swept Mouse's apartment till it used to be great and fresh. "Why, it purely took us part the time it takes me to brush my house," acknowledged Mouse. subsequent they marched downstairs and swept Mole's gap until eventually it used to be great and tidy. jointly it had taken much less time to brush either locations than it took for every of them to do exactly one. "That used to be fast," acknowledged Mole. "Our homes are fresh and tidy, because of you. Now what? " "I've been taking into account a garden," stated Mouse. outdoors, Mouse and Mole turned around the tree. Mole rubbed his snout. "Where should still we positioned it? " "How approximately in again? " acknowledged Mouse, twirling her tail. "Then we are going to have a yard. " "Good pondering! " exclaimed Mole. First, they dug up a patch of grass. subsequent, they raked the airborne dirt and dust until eventually it was once gentle. Mole dug a row of holes. Mouse dropped a seed into each. Then it used to be Mouse's flip to dig, and Mole's to plant. from side to side they went until eventually the backyard was once accomplished. "Whew! " stated Mole. "That was once labor! " "But in simple terms part as tough, because of you," acknowledged Mouse. They determined to take a snooze. Mole went down into his gap. Mouse went inside of her apartment. either have been a lot too drained to hassle with the dust they tracked into their fresh and tidy houses. The invites Mouse chanced on a call for participation in her mailbox. It was once from her neighbor, Mole. expensive Mouse, while you are no longer too busy, please come, sign up for me for lunch to have fun our new backyard. Your neighbor (downstairs), Mole round midday there got here a TAP-TAP-TAP at Mole's door. "Glad you'll make it," acknowledged Mole. "Please are available! " Mouse had picked dandelions for the celebration. "For you," she stated, "until our flora arise. " Mouse regarded round the room. "My, yet you retain a pleasant tidy hole," she squeaked. "Thank you! " acknowledged Mole. It used to be a piece damp within Mole's gap. Mouse shivered. Mole additionally saved his position relatively darkish, as vibrant lighting harm his eyes. Mouse ran into the desk as she sat down. Mole poured a cup of tea for Mouse and one for himself. "I wasn't definite the way you beloved your worms," acknowledged Mole, "so I ready them methods. those at the correct are flippantly fried. those at the left haven't been cooked. Dig in! " Mouse took one in all every one to be well mannered. Mole stuffed his plate. He was once starved! Mole crunched, Mole slurped. Mouse poked the worms on her plate.