Wynken, Blynken, and Nod

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Wyken, Blynken and Nod
Eugene Field
Wynken, Blynken, and Nod one night Sailed off in a wooden shoe,— Sailed on a river of crystal light Into a sea of dew. “Where are you going, and what do you wish?” The old moon asked the three. “We have come to fish for the herring-fish That live in this beautiful sea; Nets of silver and gold have we," Said Wynken, Blynken, And Nod.

The old moon laughed and sang a song, As they rocked in the wooden shoe; And the wind that sped them all night long Ruffled the waves of dew; The little stars were the herring-fish That lived in the beautiful sea. “Now cast your nets wherever you wish,— Never afraid are we!” So cried the stars to the fishermen three, Wynken, Blynken, And Nod.

All night long their nets they threw To the stars in the twinkling foam,— Then down from the skies came the wooden shoe, Bringing the fishermen home: ‘Twas all so pretty a sail, it seemed As if it could not be; And some folk thought ‘twas a dream they’d dreamed Of sailing that beautiful sea; But I shall name you the fishermen three: Wynken, Blynken, And Nod. Wynken and Blynken are two little eyes, And Nod is a little head, And the wooden shoe that sailed the skies Is a wee one’s trundle-bed; So shut your eyes while Mother sings Of wonderful sights that be, And you shall see the beautiful things As you rock in the misty sea Where the old shoe rocked the fishermen three:— Wynken, Blynken, And Nod.

The Summit Exhibit

This exhibit celebrates the 2001 National Federation of the Blind Mount Everest Expedition when Erik Weihenmayer became the first blind man to stand on top of the world. Listen to the audio narration for each tactile artwork via the links below, or click here to access the entire narration. (21MB)

Panel 1 The Trek to Mount Everest Khumbu Region

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This panel illustrates some of Nepal's most remarkable cultural icons including a Sherpa carrying a doko, a yak and even a mastiff dog carrying packs. On the path to Mount Everest we find stone carved mandalas, prayer wheel walls and Stupas. In the background we see typical Nepalese homes scattered up the hill side in front of the towering Himalayas.


Panel 2 Base Camp

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This panel shows the layout of the tents that made up the NFB camp. Erik's tent is set up beside numerous other single and double person tents that surround the community kitchen, dining, communication, shower, and toilet tents. In the background flows the Khumbu Icefalls.


Panel 3 Mount Everest South Col Route

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This panel illustrates Mount Everest's south face. Brass markers place Base Camp, first, second, third and forth camps. The South Summit and the summit of Mount Everest are indicated with small round markers. The entire route is connected with silver bead chain that winds its way up the route the NFB team took to the summit of Everest.


Panel 4 Khumbu Icefall

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This panel is a detailed illustration showing Erik making a three ladder crossing of a crevasse. In this picture you can see how the ladders are lashed together and the dangerous crossing is made over them as they sway above the abyss. Huge seracs, or ice formations, teeter precariously along the sides of the crevasse.


Panel 5 The Final Ascent

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This final panel shows Erik in profile standing on the South Summit hours before he made his successful summit of Mount Everest. Mount Everest's peak is to Erik's right and the bead chain shows the final leg of the teams upward journey. On this day the NFB team set five world records including Erik Weihenmayer becoming the first blind climber to stand on the summit of Everest.


These five tactile art panels, by Ann Cunningham, which illustrate this historic event are on display at the National Federation of the Blind, Jernigan Institute’s Jacobus tenBroek Library located in Baltimore, Maryland. To contact the library for more information please call: 410-659-9314 or go to www.nfb.org The National Federation of the Blind commissioned Ann Cunningham to create these five tactile and visual works of art illustrating the ascent of Mount Everest. The satiny smooth sky, clouds and sun are made of black slate. The glassy smooth and grainy textured mountains and ground are made of sparkling white marble. The people, animals, structures and small items are made of cast bronze. The route up Everest, the ropes, camp and summit markers are made of gold, brass, silver, and steel.

Visit Erik Weihenmayer's website: Touch the Top


story retold by Jane Harnett - Hargrove
panels 1 - 7 background: slate with bronze, cherry wood, limestone, gold and silver leaf embellishments

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1 of 7 panels. the three daughters wave goodbye to their father as he sits atop his horse ready to leave for his trip. on the ground are piles of gold, silk and silver for the sisters to weave into cloth while their father is gone. they stand in front of a small house, with a half moon up in the sky. this panel incorporates slate, wood, bronze silver and gold leaf and limestone

There once lived three spinning sisters in the walk up space above their father's hand loomed fabric store front. He was often out scouring the country looking for exotic materials to dazzle the eye and hand. "Before I leave on this extended trip," he told his daughters, "I shall give you each a present to keep you busy and happy till my return." The girls immediately said they had been yearning for gold, silver and silk to work. Father bought the dry goods, gifted them unto his darlings, advised them to behave, kissed each, jumped up on his horse and rode off.

2 of 7 panels. the three daughters sit in the window of their fathers shop spinning gold, silver and silk. this panel incorporates slate, wood, limestone, gold and silver leafe and bronze

As it happens in these stories, the youngest was exceptionally beautiful, envied by her older sisters, and so, thwarted. At nightfall the girls went down stairs into the locked showroom, setting themselves down at the large spinning wheels that looked out onto the busy street life of evening time. The eldest settled in with the gold and the mid with the silver, leaving Giricoccola the silk to spin. The crowd wandered by glancing in at the spinners, always stopping to stare at the youngest. Even the Moon rising to shine into the window whispered so the three could hear:

"Lovely is the one with gold,
The one with silver shines brighter still,
But the one with silk surpasses them both,
Good night to all girls, fair and homely alike."

Hearing that Moon song the older siblings were consumed with rage and planned to exchange threads. That next evening they gave Giricoccola the silver and all sat to spin. Again, the Moon rose and whispered her song:

"Lovely is the one with gold,
The one with silk shines brighter still,
But the one with silver surpasses them both,
Good night to all girls, fair and homely alike."

Infuriated, the two oldest began overlooking their father's guidance. Afternoon came again calling the time to spin. Instead of just moving the wheels away from the window, they sat down giving Giricoccola the god daring the Moon to her aria. Rising and seeing them once again she beamed:

"Lovely is the one with silver,
The one with silk shines brighter still,

But the one with gold surpasses them both,
Good night to all girls, fair and homely alike."

3 of 7 panels. The youngest dauter is becconed by the mmon to cme and dance with her. Giricoccola rids on the moon dust up to the warm voice of mother moon. this panel incorporates slate, bronze, wood, limestone and silver leaf

Crazed with anger and forgetting they even had a father, they pushed their little sister into the creaky, unkept attic haymow. Poor forlorn Giricoccola wept. The Moon pressed into the darkness, opened the tiny window and took the girls hand cooing, "Come with me, I shall be a befriender. Come on this beam, spinning your splendor, come dance with me, O merry ascender." Giricoccola rode on moon dust up to the warm mothering voice. The next evening the Moon looked into the spinners window and upon seeing the two older sisters let them know:

"Lovely is the one with gold,
The one with silver shines brighter still,
But the one at my house surpasses them both,
Good night to all girls, fair and homely alike."

4 of 7 panels. the gypsy disguised as a peddler tepts Gircoccola with lovely pins for her hair. this panel incorporates slate, wood, limestone, gold and silver leaf this panel incorporates slate, bronze, limestone

The comrades dashed up to the mow. Giricoccola had vanished! They consulted an old astrologer who confirmed that their baby sister now lived happily in the house of the Moon. Giricoccola being so very far away wasn't good enough for the petty girls and they inquired how they might bring about her death. "Leave that to me," replied the astrologer.

Dressed as a gypsy, she crept up to peddle her wares at the Moon's gate. As Giricoccola looked out to the passage, the astrologer beckoned, "Wouldn't you love a lovely pin for you hair? All kinds and right kinds, and all kinds rare." Delighted, she invited the eccentric woman into her new quarters. Once inside, the astrologer thrust a pin into her hair and Giricoccola at once turned into a statue. After tapping on the stone, the doer scurried down to report to the sisters. When the Moon surrendered her anger and as she pulled the pin from her hair, Giricoccola came back to life. Her first words were a promise to let no one in again.

5 of 7 panels. Giricoccola drops the hair pins and bows her head in shame as the Moon expresses her dissapointment. this panel incorporates slate, wood, limestone and bronze

A while had passed and now the two devilish sisters wondered if Giricoccola was still dead. The astrologer consulted her oracle books and found the girl alive and well. The sisters whined, urging their associate to put her to death - again. So again the soothsayer sneaked up to the moon, this time carrying a box of combs. "Wouldn't you love a lovely comb for your hair? All kinds and right kinds, and all kinds rare?" Unable to resist, Giricoccola grew near and when near enough, the gypsy nailed a comb into her head. The astrologer hastened to the sisters. The Moon returned home the next morning to the girl-statue. The Moon was fit to be tied, but even in the wild, deranged state we all touch sometimes, she forgave Giricoccola. She removed the comb and assured the girl there would be no more pardons. Giricoccola solemnly pledged to admit no one again.

panel 6 of 7. Giricoccola now a statue is being carried on the donkey after being purchased for three cents by a chimney sweep. the kings son saw it, fell in love and bought her for he weight in gold. this panel incorporates slate, wood, bronze and limestone

Now up in arms, the sisters and their dreadful partner wouldn't give up the sting! The relentless gypsy packed a gown in with her stuffs and fled up toward her victim. "Wouldn't you love a lovely gown so fair? All kinds, and right kinds, and all kinds rare.? So irresistible was the gown that upon seeing the old woman handling it Giricoccola had to turn away as she called firmly, "I am to let no one in!" "You are in luck!: the wily astrologer came close, "For I am no one!" This fooled the girl, and in that moment the astrologer had the gown over Giricoccola's head and pulled onto her. The Moon returned to find the girl turned to stone. The Moon was out of patience and kept her word, selling the statue straightaway to a chimney sweep for three cents. He carried the beauty about tied to his donkey until one day the King's son saw it, fell in love, and just had to have it. He bought the icon for its weight in gold. Taking the statue to his suite he spent hours adorning the stone maiden. The Prince always locked the door upon leaving as he wanted no one else's admiring eye upon his love. Gut his sisters had spied the statue when he first concealed it in his room. They wanted the wonderful costume for the fancy dress ball. Opening the door with a skeleton key, they broke in to nab the gown.

panel 7 of 7. Giricoccola is brought back to life, surprises the prince from behind the door. this panel incorporates slate, wood, bronze, gold leaf and limestone

When the statue stirred, the sisters collapsed in alarmed hysteria. Giricoccola assured them with her story. The prince returned to find the statue missing. Just as he became frantic, Giricoccola swept out from behind the door. She spun her story true to her craft, telling it from beginning to end. He was delighted. She gratefully accepted the prince as her life partner in his father's domain. An ecstatic joyous ceremony ensued. Giricoccola's sisters caught wind of this celebration and died of consuming rage right then and there.

The Golden Goose

by Ann Cunningham
story retold by Jane Harnett - Hargrove panels 1 - 5: background slate with bronze, cherry wood and gold leaf embellishment

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the first of 5 panels depicting the fairy tale, the golden goose. the mother, father, and their three sons standing in the forest in front of their modest home. this panel incorporates slate, wood and bronze

There were once three sons who lived within the forest with their pappy and their dear ma whose cooking left much to be desired. Of the three sons, the wily youngest was scoffed at, despised and generally avoided.

On this day pappy sent his eldest son into the forest to chop wood. In his sac went the pancake and jar of wine his ma afforded him so he might not go hungry or thirsty. In the forest he soon met an old hunched man folk who bade him good day and said, "I'm hungry and thirsty just now, please up a taste of pancake and bottle to cool my brow. The clever first son replied taunting, "If I give you my fortitude, I'll be left with none. Get away from me, for now we are done!" The little man spun out of sight, his eyes sparkling, as the eldest son began to chop down a tree. He soon missed his aim, hitting his arm with the ax. "Yeeooowww!" He screamed and bolted for home wondering, "Who was that little fellow, anyway?"

At last it was time for the third son to ask his pappy if he may go into the wood to chop. But the elder replied "Winless, your brothers have made the trip, coming back hurt after they'd swing, leave it alone for about cutting wood you know no-thing." Winless pleaded, until finally pappy gave in, "I expect you'll get hurt, but go if you must and if you're not taught a lesson it is unjust. Ma slipped him a block of hard tac ashes and a jar of greenish sour blend.

panel 2 of 5. this panel shows the youngest son as he meets a poor old man in the forest. the old man begs a drink and something to eat, and unlike his two older brothers, the youngest is happy to share. this panel incorporates slate, bronze wood and gold leaf

Entering the forest he soon met the old gray one. Once again he chimed, "I'm poor and thirsty just now. Please offer up a taste of pancake and bottle to cool my brow.: Winless looked kindly upon the little fellow. Without hesitation, he untied the lace as he apologized for the meager fare, prepared to defend his ma. As he pulled the stuffs out of the sac, h e saw the grub turn into marble cupcakes and ginger beer. Surprised and pleased, he eagerly shared. They ate and drank together. When they were done the little man motioned yonder, saying, "You have a good and cheerful heart for sharing, it is you I do salute. Cut down that old tree and you'll find treasure within the roots." Then he was gone. Winless felled the tree and in the gnarled roots he found a goose with feathers of bright pure gold.

After this exciting and exhausting task, he and his goose went in search of a night's sleep. He found an inn, acquired a room and snuggled into bed for a good night's rest. As it happened, the innkeeper had three daughters who all had seen the goose and wanted a feather. Each was thinking some time a good time would come to pluck one of the beauties.

The first sneaked in after Winless began snoring. She grabbed the tail of the bird and her hand stuck fast! The second daughter came in soon afterwards. She saw her sister and nudged her out of the way. She found that he hand had glued to her sister's arm! When the two saw their third sibling sneak into the room they cried, "Keep away! It's a sticky trap goose! Keep away!" More curious, she rested her hand on one sister's shoulder to see over. She too became spelled by the goose. Well, not only was Winless a heavy sleeper, but he was also a little oblivious, so when he gathered up the goose to be on his way the next morning, he didn't realize he had three sisters in tow.

panel 3 of 5. Winless, the youngest of the brothers, holding a golden goose leads a line of figures as they careen through the town. this panel incorporates slate, wood, bronze and gold leaf

As the crew clumsily trotted down a country lane, a parson happened to see the girls swinging now left, now right, keeping up with him. Upon seeing this sight he hollered, "Horrid girls! Why are you chasing this young fellow? This is not nice, you will end up below!" He grabbed at the youngest to pull her back, stuck fast and was lifted off his feet as he had to run along with them.

By the by, they careened past a sexton who saw the pastor and cried in amazement, "Whoa Reverend, you are moving so fast you are a blur. We have a christening this morning, don't you remember?" Running after him, the sexton took hold of his sleeve and was stuck fast. and now they were a party of seven.

panel 4 of 5, Winless leads the string of figures thru the town and under the window of the princess. this panel incorporates slate, wood, bronze and gold leaf

Later in the day, the troop waved in to a city where the King's daughter was so solemn no one could make her smile. The King had decreed the first man who could make her laugh should have her for his bride. Winless realized the opportune situation and thought, "I shall reckon the moment and so reckon a wife.: With his retinue in tow he negotiated his way into eye shot of the princess. she glimpsed the two field workers trying to look noble and hiding their hoes behind them, the religious men feigning piousness. Then the three sisters unprimped for occasion, smoothing down their nighties and spit curling their hair. Her eyes traced up to the blazing ruffled goose held by Winless who stood the proud owner of this motley band. The princess timidly began a giggle that grew into a full lilting laugh. This contagious laughter touched the folk nearest to her and spread like wildfire.

Winless was charmed and claimed his wife, but the King sternly objected. The sovereign decided on a pursuit. "For you to become my son-in-law, you have to find a man who can drink up a cellar full of wine." Winless thought of the little gray man and he headed into the forest to the place he had felled the tree. He found a downcast man sitting on the ground. When Winless asked what is the trouble, the man replied, "I'm still dry, I thought drinking this wine barrel my thirst would quench, but wetting my whistle will be more than just a cinch." "We can help each other!" Winless said, "Come with me and you'll drink your fill." Thereupon, he led him to the King's cellar and the man set to work on the huge spigot barrels. He drank until his sides ached and kept on drinking. Before the day was out he had drained the entire cellar.

Again, Winless claimed his bride, but the King was still reluctant to let this stranger with an odd sense of humor marry his daughter. He thought up a new condition. "Now I want to see a man eat a mountain of bread.: Winless again dashed into the woods and found a miserable man tightening his belt. "I'm still hungry after eating a basket full of bread, it is this empty, empty belly that I dread.: "I;m thrilled to hear it!: Winless exclaimed while leading the man into the King's courtyard, "Come with me and you'll eat your fill." The people had been busy baking the lot of the kingdom's flour into a mountain of bread. Loosening his belt a little, he began to eat, and in a single day the mountain grew small and disappeared.

Panel 5 of 5. Winless finally claims his bride, and they stand beside the boat being sailed by the old man, as the king looks down upon them and the golden gose flies off into the nite. this panel incorporates slate, wood, bronze gold leaf

Winless claimed his bride the third time, but again the King thought up another impasse. "I want a ship that can sail on land and water. If you bring me that ship, you shall have my daughter."

Winless bolted into the timberland finding the little gray man with whom he had shared his meal. "For you I have drunk and I have eaten, and I'll give you this vessel too, it is yours in retribution for the kindness that you do." He and the short chap returned with the ship that could sail on both land and sea. The King did not deny Winless his daughter any longer. Their marriage became a celebration. So in the end Winless indeed won over all.

This then is the beginning of happily ever after.