was lonely. Taffy, her golden-haired cat, had disappeared. Life in the woods
was empty. There was no one to love and be Annie's friend. Outside, the snow
was deep and the winter seemed endless. Annie tried her best to encourage Taffy to
return but without success. A moose and a bear and even a wildcat are not soft and
cuddlesome or as friendly as Taffy. Where could Taffy be?
Jan Brett's story is told mostly
through wonderfully detailed full color illustrations. The wonders of the forest and
the seasons are an expressive backdrop to the tale of the animals. Story within
story forms as the intricate borders subtly foreshadow the main plot of Taffy's final
return to her friend Annie.