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Children's LiteratureAuthor Steig's drawings appear regularly in the New Yorker magazine. For this book and several others about Toby, the ferret, Steig has used his daughter for his illustrator. In this family tale, Toby is invited to join his mother and father for a picnic. On a lovely summer day as they walk along, choose a picnic spot, lay out the picnic, eat their meal and relax afterward, Toby pretends to be a different animal in each scene and asks his loving parents to guess who he is. The soft pastel greens, pinks, yellows and blues of every illustration, as well as the big warm eyes of the father and mother add to the gentle message of the book. There are some charming surprises, such as when the parents make an incorrect guess, and when Toby falls out of a tree and splashes into some water to change from a bat in the tree to a pig in a pool. The book will be enjoyed again and again as new surprises that may not have been noticed the first time are found in the pictures. 2004, HarperCollins, Ages 2 to 6.