Ellen Jareckie was born in 1959 in
Bennington, Vermont. As a child, she spent much of her spare time drawing. In addition to
that, she kept a variety of pets throughout her childhood. These included a pet pig named
Pipsqueak (who was raised on a bottle), a Bobwhite quail named Quincy, some lizards,
snakes, goats, ducks, rabbits, cats, dogs, and of course mice. Her first encounter with
mice occurred when her sister, Wren, brought home from school a mouse named Speedy. She
immediately fell in love with the soft, warm and tiny creature. Not long after that Ellen
also raised a litter of orphaned baby wild mice which were later released in a nearby
Of all the animals Ellen has drawn, however, the mice continue to be by far the most
popular. Maybe this is partly because of the humanlike expressions Ellen adds to the mice
or maybe because people are fascinated by their small size in comparison to our relatively
large human world. In any event, after all these years of drawing mice Ellen continues to
enjoy creating these whimsical characters and it shows in the look on Mudpie Mouse's face
when he gets to eat a cookie that's as big as he is!
P.S. If you have discovered an injured or
orphaned wild animal, Ellen asks that you contact your local Fish and Wildlife
Dept. for a list of wildlife rehabilitators in your area. Some veterinarians
also have lists of local rehabilitators.
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