Text copyright 1998 by Phylis Root. Illustrations copyright 1998 by Jane Chapman. Reproduced by permission of the publisher, Candlewick Press, Inc., Cambridge, MA. Read by Sno-Isle Libraries Children's Liaison, Bryan Stratton.
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