Text copyright 2001 by Phyllis Root. Illustrations copyright 2001 by Jill Baton. Reproduced by permission of the publisher, Candlewick Press, Cambridge, MA. Read by Sno-Isle Libraries Children's Librarian Edith Farrar.
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