Good example of the connectedness of ecosystems and communities. But what I really wanted to note was this: "whisper-ma-phone" comes from this book. We used that phrase for those - um, what else do you call them? - devices on playgrounds where you speak in one and someone hears at the other. Ever since our eldest child was little, we referred to them as whisper-ma-phones. I knew it came from some story, but had forgotten where, until I read the story again recently, to my youngest child.