Arnie, the Borrower
Arnie's best friend is Squirrel the squirrel. Borrowers have in common with squirrels a bushy tail, but Borrowers actually have very large ears... all the better to hear about where things are stored.
Borrowers wear a scarf with little "rings" to create ears so that those that don't believe in them will think they see a squirrel, or maybe even a grimlin, before thinking of seeing a hidden little Borrower. The Borrowers call them 'ear rings'.
Do you ever get a song stuck in your head and it just won't leave? The song that stays with Arnie is:
Now this song applies to the wonderful things a little Borrower like Arnie (or Armina when she is in really big trouble), finds and it isn't about the romance of the heart. A Borrower takes every great "find" very seriously to the heart because a Borrower never steals but simply borrows. Its when they trade it away or actually return it to where it came from that creates this loss... until the next great find around the corner. But with this sweet face - who can stay sad or heartbroken for long as Arnie says... "Who me?" when asked "Whatcha' doing here?"
Besides her ear "rings", Arnie also has several keys and lots of pockets - all necessary for a skilled Borrower. "One needs pockets to fill and keys to open" is their motto. Although Arnie has a special tool, a magical padlock, that really is her true "key". When she looks through the keyhole of the lock, it shows her what key she needs to open the next "door of opportunity".