"Taylor and Sydney crept along the edge
of a road. They kept their noses lifted to
catch any scent. When they heard water
nearby, they left the road and scrambled
to the top of a small hill. At the bottom of
the hill was a stream."
Sydney Skunk and Taylor Hedgehog are winning characters in this first book in a new series. Two additional adventures are promised in coming months. Readers quickly learn a lot about each one of them. Fans will be pleased to see them again.
The two live together in their burrow, which just happens to be situated beneath a potting shed in Miss Nancy's garden. Sydney loves to sit and listen to the sounds he can hear above ground. Taylor has a yen to travel and see the world beyond their cozy home. Because Sydney loves his friend, he finally agrees to accompany Taylor on an exploraion of the world beyond his comfort zone.
Surprisingly, it is Taylor who shows concern over the many new things and people they will see. Sydney shows his different side, when he is the one who consoles his frightened friend. They have never even come in contact with Miss Nancy, and now they are off feeling 'wild, and fearless, and free'.
What could possibly happen?
There are some surprise twists as they make their way down unknown paths. Their unique strengths help along the way. When all seems lost in a meeting between themselves and a speeding truck, they find help in the most covenient of places. Soon, they are home safe and sound. What might the future hold for the two of them? We must wait and see.
A new early chapter book series is sure to find firm fans and much enjoyment. Using gouache and colored pencils, Ms. Hocking assures readers a careful look at two very special friends and the setting in which they live and thrive.