Like Stevenson's Oh No, It's Waylon's Birthday (1989), three brief, whimsical, but wise animal stories. The characters here include a snail (Amelia), who gets left behind when her friends Dawn (a mole) and Herbie (a worm) go ""below"" to celebrate National Worm Day; and a rhinoceros (Rupert), with an undeserved bad reputation, who saves a beetle's life and then learns just how ungrateful another creature can be. In the third story, Rupert comes to a tentative accommodation with Dawn and Herbie; they may even be on the way to friendship. Like Steig's rueful, economically written comedies, this is totally charming. The deftly sketched illustrations with their understated color are precisely right. It will be fine for newly independent readers, if adults can resist reading it aloud first.