Sometimes suspenseful, and highlighted by humor, this collection of enjoyable rhyming tales offers insight into life in the wild world. Three separate, lushly illustrated, animal stories contribute to the tradition of allegorical children's literature. Written to amuse and inspire, they convey civil, practical and moral lessons mostly to the young, but also to adults who read aloud. Comparisons with everyday situations add to the adventure. Rich vocabulary and meaningful ideas are enhanced by a fun cadence and engaging imagery. In a time of electronically mediated communications, more contemplative tales and classical pictures serve as a welcome respite to readers who are reminded to peer past crookedness and treasure what is genuine. May beauty, truth and good always inspire us!