In a companion to Bobby Otter and the Blue Boat (1987), Sara Raccoon--emulating her mother, who sends her children outside when the rain finally stops because ""I'd like to be alone for a little while""--fixes up a hollow tree as her own special nook. When friend Bobby discovers it, she shoos him away, but soon has second thoughts. Fortunately, Bobby is a real friend: When Sara's place is flooded, he not only comforts her but also shows her his own special spot (""A secret is more fun when you share it""). The message is conveyed gently, through the genuinely childlike behavior of the appealing animals; in the bright, cheery illustrations, the little creatures--carefully observed as animals--are also charmingly expressive of human feelings. Attractive to read aloud or alone.