cover image Come Out, Muskrats

Come Out, Muskrats

Jim Arnosky. Lothrop, Lee and Shepard Books, $12.95 (24pp) ISBN 978-0-688-05457-1

In the golden glow of a late summer afternoon, muskrats emerge from their homes in the cove. As day slips into night, they paddle about, dive, nibble at water weeds and frolic amid the cattails and water lilies. Lovely birds, dragonflies, fish and butterflies join the muskrats in their habitat. After sunset, the muskrats swim until dawn, accompanied by the other nocturnal animals and bugs. Using water-colors and colored pencils, Arnosky perfectly evokes the tranquillity of a slow summer evening. The flora and fauna are rendered exquisitely in great detail, with a softness that complements the book's mood. And the quiet text mirrors the stillness of the pond, making this soothing bedtime fare. Ages 3-5. (Mar.)