Last appearing in Possum and the Peeper (1998), Possum finds himself homeless in his newest adventure.
As a summer storm approaches, Possum gathers his baby possums into their home in their brush pile, which is soon washed away, leaving Possum floating in the flooded creek with his children clinging to his back. From their perch in a tree, Possum assures his children they’ll find a new one, although there is nary a brush pile to be seen. Discovering Possum’s homeless state, a chipmunk helps the little ones dig a burrow on higher ground, but Possum can’t fit into its entrance. After hearing about Possum’s dilemma, Muskrat shows him how to construct a lodge with cattails and mud above the chipmunk burrow. When a wasp adds windows crafted from chewed wood and saliva and an oriole weaves swinging nests from grasses and vines, Possum soon has “the most beautiful home in the world!” Despite Possum’s dire situation, the text remains calm, reassuring, and upbeat. Illustrations in delicate, crosshatched pen-and-ink lines and watercolor washes move from atmospheric storm sequences in which wide-eyed Possum and his adorable babies watch rising water wash them and their home downstream to fascinating close-ups of animals working industriously together above- and belowground.
Possum weathers disaster in this gentle, charmingly illustrated, oh-so-timely tale. (Picture book. 4-7)