An adventurous quartet embarks upon a sailing expedition to an island oasis for a day of fun. Rabbit and his Mends Cat, Chicken, and Dragon look forward to swimming, eating, and enjoying each other's company. Agell perfectly captures the barely suppressed glee of a young child anticipating a special event. ""Today is the day!"" is the recurring refrain as the animals get ready for their outing; a sing-song verse and upbeat tempo swell the excitement of preparation: ""Pack a picnic./Pack warm coats./To the harbor./To the boats!"" A brief, passing storm provides exhilarating moments, but no harm would befall the friends who inhabit these bright, sunshine-filled pages. Vivid yellows and intense turquoise blues convey the beauty of an island retreat, and the peaceful trip home at day's end.