The spirited little girl in this story has a knack for collecting pets. While walking down a road, she catches a toad. While looking for a mitten, she finds a kitten. When she pushes a wheelbarrow, she ends up with a little sparrow. The little girl puts every animal she catches in a cage. At home she sits in her chair and stares at a stack of cages. In each cage, the animals — her pets — stare back. She looks at them, they look at her, and she thinks things over for a while. And then she lets the animals free.
Young listeners will enjoy the rhyme of Sarah E. Barchas’ simple verse, and readers will laugh out loud at Jack Kent’s cartoon illustrations of a little girl who personifies curiosity. Any child who has ever felt the need to get their hands on whatever they see is sure to understand.