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Children's Literature"What's that coming through the gate?" From this opening line through most of the book, the farm animals wonder what this new creature named McGillycuddy can do. It appears that she can hop, jump, bounce and kick, but certainly can't make milk like the cow, grow wool, lay eggs or even cock-a-doodle-doo. So with sadness, she prepares to leave the farm. On the way out a fox decides that he is going to enjoy a delicious duck dinner. Neither the cow, sheep, hen or rooster can help, but fearless McGillcuddy finally gets to show her stuff. She hops, jumps, bounces and gives that hungry fox a real kick and off he goes. The watercolor illustrations are amusing and the humor is evident from the first scene were all the animals are looking over McGillycuddy when she arrives. Rooster peers in her pouch, hen looks at her feet, sheep explores her knapsack, and duck is intrigued by her tail. The real message will go down very smoothly—we all have strengths and skills and those differences are cause for celebration and acceptance. 2005, HarperCollins, and 15.89. Ages 2 to 4.