Who can tell?

We Rhinos are never quite clear about which is our Left and which is our Right. We try to take the issue seriously, but can’t find a purpose for the Investigation. We figure half the time We are right, when We guess. Of course, that means that the other half, We are mistaken.

For all We know, Left and Right may be arbitrary, changing places as they see fit. Maybe some days they don’t even come to work.

That seems like the Right mindset. What other one is Left?

Clean-up is a Cinch

YIR Readers have asked about how We maintain the extensive wardrobe We display in our blog. Do We send it to the cleaners, or what? Are they Paris originals?

We at YIR chuckle. That is because all our outfits, however ravishing, are entirely Imaginary. Rhinos don’t own Anything, as in Nothing Whatever. We just include them in our posts for fun.

With Imagination We can Imagine laundering just as easily as We Imagine the outfits themselves.

9 Lives Plus

Charles Perrault’s 1697 version of “Puss in Boots” is probably the most popular, but it is based on earlier works by Giovanni Francesco Straparola and Gianbattista Basile. Now you know, if it comes up in conversation.

Puss, an ambitious cat, is good at seizing Opportunity and conning gullible folk, including the King and an Ogre. Eventually his poor young master marries the princess, all thanks to Puss’ ingenuity.

Any Rhino would tell you, Cats are cunning. Most mice would say the same thing.

a Russian Adventure

Mr. Sergei Prokofiev composed “Peter and the Wolf” in 1936. He also wrote the tale himself. It is performed with a narrator, introducing the characters as musically related to particular instruments.

A boy, Peter, leaves his home turf, and through dumb luck captures a wolf. Need We say that Rhinos take a dim view of young Rhinos venturing off on their own? In the Wild, it is a formula for Disaster.

The music is great, but We don’t go to see “Peter and the Wolf” before We weigh a ton. After that, it’s pretty safe.

On the Road to…

Milo is the bored Youth in Norton Juster’s fantasy adventure ‘The Phantom Tollbooth’. Magically transported to the Kingdom of Wisdom, Milo learns a great many things, namely, to pay attention to his own state of mind. If he doesn’t like what he sees, he should take the reins and engage with his situation.

Disconnection is seldom experienced by Rhinos in the Wild. Still, it is a fun Quest with Milo. We Rhinos understand Quests, big time.

The illustrations are by Jules Feiffer, whose work is sourced for today’s YIR post.

Twelve Dancing Princesses

This story deals with a bunch of sisters slipping away for a good time in the middle of the night while everybody else is asleep. For Us, it is puzzling, since in the Wild, you can’t slip away anywhere; Privacy doesn’t exist. Still, it is perfectly possible for Us to imagine twinkly frocks and illicit frolics. Oh yes, indeed.

As you probably expect, Twelve is a non-concept for Us Rhinos. It’s more than Three, We know that. It is also less than a Zillion. It is a modest Muchness. Or an enhanced Three.

In an old house in Paris…

Mr. Ludwig Bemelmans’ heroine, Madeline, has numerous adventures. He wrote and illustrated them himself. Children’s classics ever since 1939.

Madeline is popular with young Rhinos because she is full of applesauce and ginger. Among young Rhinos, she has many fans.

We have changed a line from Mr. Bemelmans, which in our version now reads:  To the Rhino in the zoo, Madeline said, “How do you do?”. You see, being spunky does not preclude civility. Rhinos like respectful exchanges.