An all-on-their-own journey for the youngsters. What is better than having a friend? And what's better for friends than a shared adventure? Dragon, Chicken, Rabbit, and Cat--the foursome of the author's To the Island--meet as ever to spend the day together. But it's a gray, wet day. "Up the mountain?/In the rain?/We can always go back home again." Encouraged by one another's company, they set off regardless of weather. And by the time they approach the summit ("The top is near,/the trees are fewer./Magically the sky is bluer!") their day has turned out to be a fine one. An upward struggle yields some splendid views: first the sun, finally the moon as they near home--where all the best adventures end. The language is utterly simple, the lively watercolors warm with affection.
March 2000 : USA Hardback
May 2000 : UK Hardback