"Mona Minim and the Smell of the Sun" written by Janet Frame. Beautiful color and black and white illustration by Robin Jacques. Published by George Braziller, copyright 1969, first printing.
" Once upon a time, not long ago, almost now, there was a young House Ant called Mona Minim who was preparing to make her first journey out of the nest." So begins this enchanting story of little Mona Minim in her yellow sunbonnet and floral apron and six black-buttoned shoes, who became lost while playing the Stair Game and was found by Barbara, the Garden Ant, who became her friend. That is how Mona Minim came to live for a while among the Garden Ants, and to play Hide-and Seek in the Sunflower Forest, and how she got to know Aunt Phyllis and Uncle Pogo and Cousin Nigel who was going to marry the Princess one day. Uncle Pogo was quite a character. He couldn't see the point of working all the time like the rest of the Garden Ants. "A little steady work and plenty of steady rest"- that was his motto. He was all for a "honey bread" to make things pleasant on the job. And so winter passed and spring came and everybody was filled with anticipation as Swarm Day drew near, when the young Princess would become Queen. "What is the smell of blue", Mona Minim wondered, thinking of the Queen's flight, "when you are flying in the sky, and the smell of the sun and of the wind that never blows close to the grass and the earth? What is the smell of the sun? It was only later, after Swarm Day, when she had returned to her own House Ants and was able to review her adventurous life, that Mona Minim found the answer? "You must go out, little ants, and see and smell and taste and touch for yourselves, and then you will know."
94 page hard cover book in very good condition with no rips, tears, or writing. The dust jacket is in fair condition. See the pictures for more detail.