Author: Gregory Maguire
Illustrator: David Litchfield
Gregory Maguire turns his trademark wit and wisdom to an animal adventure about growing up, moving on, and finding community.
When Papa doesn’t return from a nocturnal honey-gathering expedition, Cress holds out hope, but her mother assumes the worst. It’s a dangerous world for rabbits, after all.
Mama moves what’s left of the Watercress family to the basement unit of the Broken Arms, a run-down apartment oak with a suspect owl landlord, a nosy mouse super, a rowdy family of squirrels, and a pair of songbirds who broadcast everyone’s business. Can a dead tree full of annoying neighbors, and no Papa, ever be home?
In the timeless spirit of E. B. White and The Wind and the Willows — yet thoroughly of its time — this read-aloud and read-alone gem for animal lovers of all ages features an unforgettable cast that leaps off the page in glowing full-color illustrations by David Litchfield. This tender meditation on coming-of-age invites us to flourish wherever we find ourselves.