Henkes observes the changes that occur over one day to four animals living in a little girl’s backyard. Sometimes it’s only the smallest little thing—a falling feather, a tangled leash—that changes. Henkes’s luminous watercolors say to readers, young and old: be patient. Sometimes a tiny change makes all the difference.
A fox born in the spring learns from his parents what he needs to live on his own. He’s as eager as any child: “When will I be ready?” We feel the strong patience of the parents’ teaching in the context of a stunning world of intensely hued blues, greens and ruddy browns.