One fine day,
towards the end of May,
Mouse was just wandering lonely,
‘like a cloud’ thought Mouse,
when all at once she spied
‘When is a lion
not a lion?’ asked Mouse,
of no-one in particular.
‘When it is a Dandelion.’
came a voice from above.
‘What is a ‘Dandelion?’
asked Mouse, ‘if it pleases you to tell me’ –
for Mouse was a very polite mouse.
‘I, am a dandelion.’ said the voice.
‘As any young mouse should know.’
Mouse looked up at the golden flower,
marvelling at the beauty.
‘I’m sorry,’ said Mouse, ‘but I never went to Mouse School, and so I don’t know many things.’
‘Ah!’ said the Dandelion, ‘I never went to school, either; but, I talk to all the creatures
that pass by, and learn about the wide world from them.’
‘I don’t know any creatures, and nobody ever talks to me.’ said Mouse sadly – a tear in her eye..
‘I am talking to you’, said the Dandelion, ‘and I can be your friend. I will tell you of all the things that I have been told.’
Mouse looked up at Dandelion, with a different tear in her eye. ‘Could you? Would you? That would be so nice of you.’
Dandelion looked fondly at the Mouse, ‘I am only here for a short time – much shorter than your time will be – so I shall firstly tell you the names of all the birds and other creatures of flight, the insects, flowers, and the growing things that are nearby, then you can say hello to them by their names, and they will also talk to you.’
‘Thank you.’ said Mouse.
And the lesson began.