Remember ""Mairzy doats and dozey doats?"" Here's a whimsical tangent to that old nonsense/mystery song. Ellie is lonely, so she invites the ivy that festoons her dad's hotel to come in. It does, proving to be mischievous (tickling people's toes and squeezing out toothpaste--from the middle of the tube), ubiquitous, and altogether a nuisance (it doesn't even listen to Ellie anymore--too busy talking to itself on the telephone). Solution: bring in a crew of lambs (""liddle lammzy divey"" becomes ""little lambs eat ivy""), forcing the ivy to retreat to its proper sphere. Beinicke brings this foolishness to humorous life in lively watercolors. Not important, but unusual and amusing.