This book by Jane Smiley is unique in that the story is told by a race horse, dog, raven rat and pair of mallard ducks. They find a friend in a young boy who is isolated and being raised by a very elderly, blind grandmother. I enjoyed the Paris setting and the interaction among this animals and hoped there would be a happy ending. What disappointed me was that I thought the format of narration by a disparate group of animals would be a parable, i.e. a simple story used to illustrate a moral or spiritual lesson. The meaning behind the story was missing for me. Kristi & Abby Tabby

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