The Book Fair (part 2)
As he did each year for the annual fair, held on the last day of school, Mr. Owl had decorated the schoolroom with bookish art and bunting.
Raccoon had brought lemonade for the children; strong, hot coffee for the adults; and cake.
And on all the tables and desks were stacks of books, organized by type: picture books, story books, fairy tales, histories, mysteries, puzzle books, gardening books, and cookbooks; in short, anything anyone might want to read for fun during their summer vacation.
As payment for books, Mr. Owl accepted buttons; tiny polished rocks; freshly baked cookies; dried, pressed leaves; and from one particularly shy young squirrel, a hand-drawn self-portrait with his teacher.