by Maxine Fisher (Author), Tom Hachtman (Illustrator)

In her latest collection of “nature fables,” children’s book author Maxine Fisher gives voice to the urban creatures who dwell among us in stories that illuminate their struggles to survive and thrive in the world we share with them. Meet Rocco and Raquel, a pair of raccoons caught up in the neighborhood’s housing crunch, Lionel Sea Lion, who is out of his depths at the local zoo during a prolonged rainstorm, and Tawny, a squirrel born mute but who finds a thrilling way to express himself.

Maxine Fisher holds a Ph.D. in cultural anthropology from City University of New York and currently teaches writing at Queens College. Her previous book, Finding Lost Time, is about life in Maspeth.