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A Whiff of Pine, a Hint of Skunk

A Whiff of Pine, a Hint of Skunk

A Forest of Poems

Illustrated by: Joan Rankin
For Ages: 4 - 8
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In a watery mirror
the rugged raccoon
admires his face
by the light of the moon:
the mysterious mask,
the whiskers beneath,
the sliver of cricket
still stuck in his teeth.

Take a lighthearted romp through four seasons in the forest with these whimsical poems. Marvel at the overachieving beaver, applaud the race-winning snail and its perfect trail of slime, or head off to be pampered at a squirrel spa.

Warning: Deborah Ruddell's quirky cast of animal characters and Joan Rankin's deliciously daffy pictures will cause giggles. The woods have never been so much fun!
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  • Margaret K. McElderry Books | 
  • 40 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781416942115 | 
  • March 2009 | 
  • Grades P - 3
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About the Author

Deborah Ruddell
Photograph © Brian Ruddell

Deborah Ruddell

Deborah Ruddell is the author of the celebrated picture books Who Said Coo?, illustrated by Robin Luebs, and A Whiff of Pine, A Hint of Skunk and Today at the Bluebird Cafe, both illustrated by Joan Rankin. Before writing children’s books, she was an art teacher and a graphic designer.  Deborah lives in Peoria, Illinois. Visit her at DeborahRuddell.com.

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