Text copyright 1996 by Sam McBratney. Illustrations copyright 1996 by Ivan Bates. Reproduced by permission of Candlewick Press, Cambridge, MA, on behalf of Walker Books Ltd., London. Read by Sno-Isle Libraries Children's Librarian Mickey Gallagher
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