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2002 Reg Cartwright
A picture book illustrated by Reg Cartwright, published by Henry Holt & Company, 2002.
- Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Award, 2003
- Texas Library Association's 2X2 List, 2003
- Center for Children's Books "Best Books" List, 2002
At the edge of the woods, the grass grows tall, the daisies dance, and the blackbirds call. One chipmunk lives in the old stone wall at the edge of the deep, dark woods.
The chipmunk is not alone. Two spotted fawns play in the grass. Three furry foxes drink from the pond. And who is that coming out of the cave? Count up to ten and back again with the animals of the deep, dark woods.
"Cotten displays a masterful control of language, using sound effects within the lines to create additonal appeal. . . the understated appeal of the cleverly crafted text. . .will capture the attention of young listeners. Libraries will want to add a copy or two to their counting-book collections."
- The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"Cartwright's mossy greens, golden yellows, and smoky blues evoke a late summer in the woods as numbered sets of forest animals go about their business. . . .the peaceful forest crew and comforting color palette makes this a soothing read. . ."
- Kirkus Reviews