Skunk’s Spring Surprise

Illustrated by Valeri Gorbachev
Harcourt Children’s Books 2007

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When Skunk wakes from her long winter nap, she can’t find her friends anywhere. Maybe they think she stinks. Maybe they have a surprise for her. Or maybe she has a surprise for them!

Why I wrote this book

I had so much fun writing about the characters in Where Is Bear? that I decided to put them all in another book. Plus, winters here in New England are long and cold and I wanted to write about spring, something we all look forward to.


The very day that winter ends,
Skunk wakes from dreaming of her friends.

She blinks her eyes and shakes her head,
then jumps right up and makes her bed.

“Hooray! My winter nap is done!
It’s time for me to have some fun.”

Skunk yawns and stretches, twists and bends,
the scurries off to find her friends….

© 2006 Lesléa Newman