Text copyright 1996 Sam McBratney. Illustrations copyright 1996 Jill Barton. Reproduced by permission of the publisher, Candlewick Press, Inc., Cambridge, MA, on behalf of Walker Books Ltd., London. Read by Sno-Isle Libraries Children's Librarian, Debbie Adriance.
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