Tag: farm animals

Endless travel, without luggage or passport

If you were a kid who read by flashlight, covered in blankets you hoped would hide the light, this one’s for you. You danced with the Wild Things when your mother scolded you. You cheered when the spider, Charlotte, spun messages that saved her pal, Wilbur the pig. You ached for days when Travis had to shoot his beloved Old… Read more →

Millie’s about to get company

I’ll never forget the day we put a small, injured turkey chick into a cage with a broody Millefleur hen and held our breaths. Millie was the perfect foster mother for every stray chick. She had refused only one, a duckling. (Don’t tell my young Millie fans, but she pecked him, hard, on the head and pulled her foster chicks… Read more →

If all critics were like this one…

  His face was carefully polite, but his body told the story. His grandmother showed him the book I’d just written. The eight-year-old’s face showed no flicker of interest. He leaned toward the book, then shrugged. He was reading the Narnia series. A children’s picture book was for little kids. Surrounded by four aging adults, he quickly lost interest in… Read more →

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