ANYBODY HOME? by Aileen Fisher


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I'd like to look/ in a meadowy nook/ at the small grass house/ of a mother mouse/ in a velvety blouse."" In Going Barefoot rhythms but without that ebullience, a little girl imagines peeking inside not only the mouse house but also a coon hole in a tree, a beaver mound, a squirrel nest, or a fox or bear lair. ""But if I should see/ a home near a tree,/ and someone in black/ with stripes down his back/ and his tail in the air,/ I wouldn't just stare/ I'd run!"" That will do for a closing, but only at a routine level. Bonners' soft black illustrations bring out the hushed and delicate nature of this kind of poking about, but the compositions tend toward the conventionally cute and the stillness has an artificial quality.

Pub Date: Sept. 24th, 1980
Publisher: T. Y. Crowell