Famiy Mouse cover page car and family

– – – – – – – – > by Eric the Crow, Reportng for World Streets, from Reykjavik Iceland

eric crow stop the road 2019Someone a lot wiser than me, once told me many years ago: when you are facing a really difficult problem, why don’t you see if you can step back a few paces and put it in a form that you can discuss with children and hear what they may have to say.
I recalled this in the early nineties when in the face of the many mind-bending complications of sustainability and mobility — such as we are facing here today — I decided to write a Haiku which gradually expanded from seventeen syllabes into a wandering draft scenario for a children’s story on the topic, which eventually became, with the great shaping inputs of two of my friends (Wolfgang Zuckermann for the words, and Roget Tweet for the music (artwork) ).  After much thrashing around we decided to call it  Family Mouse behind the Wheel (Wolfgang’s candidate).

Want to check it out?

To read this tragedi-environmental tale with backstrory all you have to do is click here – – > https://worldstreets.wordpress.com/2016/05/11/family-mouse-behind-the-wheel/

Who wrote The Family Mouse?

The book has no author. It has a troika.

Eeb pushing car free daysric Britton is a sustainability activist, mediator, teacher and managing director of EcoPlan International in Paris.  In addition to serving as project leader for what eventually because the Family Mouse book, he also developed the original concept, financed, wrote the scenario and did what he could to manage the creative and at times obstinate troika behind the final happy printed pages. And for his pains he was turned into a crow. (More at  – http://wp.me/PsKUY-2p7 )


Wolfgang WZ portate around 1963Wolfgang Zuckermann, at the time a senior researcher and writer at EcoPlan, started as the original “talking partner” for the eventual concept that Britton was pushing around and then unilaterally imposed himself as the lyricist (a decision which I never regretted).  He also took responsibility for finding and coordinating with our eventual publisher, Lutterworth Press. (More on the remarkable Wolfgang at http://goo.gl/aqxhty and https://goo.gl/VnW0O2 )

And as per 30 November 2018,  an Homage to a Most Unusual Man at https://www.facebook.com/WolfgangHomage/


Roger Tweedt as Uncle SamRoger Tweedt, illustrator and sparring partner found his way to the soul of the simple little tale we all three had at the back of our minds. Roger is a professional artist and illustrator and has been an American in Paris since 1976. He proposed that the images for each page be large, colorful and calm, to engage the curiosity and eye of the children, both those who can read it themselves but also so that smaller children can savor the characters when a parent reads the book. You can contact Roger at roger.tweedt@laposte.net.



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