This seems to me the best thing she has done. I loved Ezekiel, but felt it a hard book to place, -- too advanced for a picture story book, too difficult on account of the dislect for beginning readers, not enough story for the next age up. But here is a story that has the same quality as Enekel which makes it ideal for reading aloud and sharing among grown-ups and children; but it has less difficult dialect, more story and loads of pictures to help the second and third grade readers along. It is a might be true plantation story of Patay and her pets, of her cats and the soraggly rooster and the sick chick, and the colt and the ducks, and the dog -- and even the misplaced baby skunk and the stupid lambs. The setting is a Tennessee plantation, a real one.