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Children's LiteratureGraham-Barber's book is two-in-one with parallel texts of poetry and prose. The playful descriptions like bog wader (for moose) and cheek packer (for chipmunk) are poetic and clever with an irregular meter that occasionally force the rhyme. Single sentence prose introduces the behavior of mammals, birds, reptiles, bugs, and amphibians. The story begins at sundown and continues through the twilight with a section on nocturnal predators and prey. Lies' color illustrations transform a green rug in to tall grass. They lead the child through a cattail swamp, and a subjective point of view helps create a world where the reader is one of the animals. The book concludes with a return to the hall and questions about the preceding text, e.g., "Which of these animals would you most like to be?" It is a solid introduction to North American wildlife, with a mix of imagination and nonfiction that adds interest for beginning readers. 2004, Houghton Mifflin, Ages 5 to 8.