cover image Blackberry Ramble

Blackberry Ramble

Thacher Hurd, Edith Thacher Hurd. Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers, $35.17 (32pp) ISBN 978-0-517-57349-5

In this sequel to The Pea Patch Jig , the bees are singing, Farmer Clem is doing his spring cleaning and, in their tiny house nearby, the Mouse family is spring cleaning, too. Baby Mouse just can't seem to stay out of trouble, though: she tickles the pigs, teases the chickens and has several near-disasters involving Becky the Cow. A picnic with her parents leads to other frolics before dusk falls and Baby is ready for bed. Although slight, this pleasant series of antics is related in a nicely lilting, almost folksy text. Sun-drenched greens and yellows abound in the illustrations, which are fresh, lighthearted and full of the promise of spring. An amiable ramble. Ages 4-8. (Sept.)