Most of this has Maudie, a bonneted and pinafored mole with whom Chorao takes some acknowledged artistic license, searching through the woods for the gold umbrella she has decorated with embroidered E's for Queen Emily's coronation gift. In the end she has to substitute a crocodile cookie jar (""After all, a handmade cookie jar by Maudie Mole is nothing to sniff at""), only to meet her best friend Elsie with Maudie's umbrella which she believes was intended as a birthday gift for herself. "" 'I'm so happy you like it,' said Maudie. And the next day Maudie gave a party for Elsie. It was more fun than a coronation."" Chorao's double-page birthday feast at which everyone wears a crown is further evidence that Maudie was absolutely right--and meanwhile her subtle, soft pencil drawings, entirely black and white except for the turtle tail, snake's eye and other bits of yellow Maudie mistakes among the foliage for different parts of her umbrella, are a shining example of what can be done with one color illustrations.