Ms. Mire

by Kelly Coughlin



Book Details

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Publication Date : 2/2/2004

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 8.5x11
Page Count : 28
ISBN : 9781413407778

About the Book

An elder ant corrals a group of young callow ants in a chamber deep within Myrtle Nest. She is ready once again to tell the stories that had always made her a welcome guest. For a night's shelter and a little food, she trades excitement, adventure, and a little wisdom. Her tales are full of sound and fury, taste and odor, gentle touches and resounding thumps, unbearable stink and irresistible swee-tness. Told in the darkness of hidden chambers, without a single word or a single ray of light, they’ll conjure a world strangely vivid to her students’ minds. From her tales the fallen will find life, the forgotten will find respect, and the young will find comfort. So begins the treasured ritual. The Elder's antennae stroke each of the shy, white, newly emer-ged ants, until they are reassured with her scent and calm enough to listen. “Among the ants there are many legends of adventure,” she explains, “but my favorite have always been those of the scout ant, Ms. Mire.”

About the Author

Kelly Coughlin and his wife Helen—the inspiration of P.I.P.I.—have been married for twenty-six years. They are both medical technologists and live in the Pacific Northwest. Kelly has specialized in microbiology and Helen supervises a laboratory. When they are not multitasking they ski and ballroom dance. They have been blessed with two sons.