As a badger and a rabbit wait for a mysterious something, they enjoy a ramble through their forest home.
A badger, waking up early one morning, runs across a rabbit friend who appears to be waiting for something. As the two spend a contented day exploring their forest home, the badger keeps asking the rabbit what they are waiting for. “Does it have eyes?” the badger asks in a field of black-eyed Susans. “Does it have wings?” the badger asks as they gaze at butterflies. In this way the gentle story, with its equally unpretentious pencil-and-pastel illustrations, both intrigues readers with its central mystery and brings their attention to the natural world. The story is told through dialogue without quotation marks or dialogue tags, instead using different-colored type to distinguish the badger’s and rabbit’s voices. When the something the badger and rabbit are waiting for finally reveals itself—in a spread that requires a 90-degree turn, it is a reflective affirmation of the natural beauty the two have been looking at all day. The book’s well-thought-out design combines double-page spreads, spot, and bordered illustrations. The final illustration, very small and surrounded by the toned white space of the page, metaphorically hints at possibilities to be discovered beyond borders.
A quiet, thoughtfully designed picture book with a strong message. (Picture book. 3-6)