"It is curious, and unexplored, why the other barnyard animals are so diffident, but the message of shared responsibility is sweetly understated, while the tender, benignly baffled characters of Kelly's watercolor illustrations are quite effective. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Cain's story of imprinting gone wrong opens with Brown Rabbit in self-pitying mode: ``I wish I could hop, skip, and jump, too, but I'm too old to play games,'' he moans.
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