A Whiff of Pine, a Hint of Skunk; A forest of poems By Deborah Ruddell


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A Whiff of Pine, a Hint of Skunk: A Forest of Poems is filled with lovely poems and watercolor illustrations that take us into the forest to meet many friends. Mostly realistic, some fanciful (Proposal for a Squirrel Spa), all evoke powerful images:

"In a watery mirror - the rugged raccoon- admires his face - by the light of the moon: the mysterious mask; the whiskers beneath, the sliver of cricket - still stuck in his teeth."

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  • F: Reread text
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