PreS-Gr 3-"Altoona Baboona/gets mail on her dune-a./Her dear aunt is lonely/in north Saskatoon-a." So she and her friends, Raccoon-a and Loon-a, leave their seaside home and travel via hot-air balloon to the frigid north. When they arrive, Auntie takes them ice fishing and they enter a dogsled race, before branching out to explore farther afield. They find themselves heading south over land, and eventually fly the last leg back home to Laguna Beach. This is a delightfully rhythmic and charming story. The appealing illustrations, done in digital pen and ink and watercolor, are animated and amusing. Told in kid-friendly language, the tale makes a fun read-aloud and invites readers to chime in on the rhymes.-Wanda Meyers-Hines, Ridgecrest Elementary School, Huntsville, AL Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.