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Henry Cole is the illustrator of many beloved books for children, including his own A Nest for Celeste, Brambleheart, and Bayberry Island. While growing up in Virginia, he enjoyed hiking in the woods and fields around his farm, and making friends with several mice. He still enjoys being outside, where he loves to sketch and write. You can visit Henry online at www.henrycole.net. Henry Cole is the illustrator of many beloved books for children, including his own A Nest for Celeste, Brambleheart, and Bayberry Island. While growing up in Virginia, he enjoyed hiking in the woods and fields around his farm, and making friends with several mice. He still enjoys being outside, where he loves to sketch and write. You can visit Henry online at www.henrycole.net.

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PreS-Gr 2-Esme's grandfather promises that she can have an animal from the country auction, and she picks Trudy, a small goat that, unlike the other animals, isn't too big, too smelly, or too feathery. It isn't long before her talent for weather forecasting is discovered, and soon the whole town gathers around her barn to find out when snow will next fall. Only this time, Trudy's behavior predicts an event of a different nature-a baby goat. Cole's acrylic paintings are rounded and soft. They juxtapose muted, earth-toned colors of the environment with the bright, primary colors of man-made objects such as cars, clothing, and the red barn in which Trudy resides. The steady pace of the text combined with its loosely repetitive structure creates a calm, reassuring mood, making the book an excellent bedtime read. This warm story provides a subtle way for children to learn to appreciate animals as well as the cycle of seasons and life.-Kim T. Ha, Elkridge Branch Library, MD Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

"A warm pet story with a surprising twist."--ALA Booklist
"An excellent bedtime read."--School Library Journal
"The deceptively simple story gently nudges children to look at and appreciate animals as more than just barnyard fixtures."--Kirkus Reviews

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