Taiko on a Windy Night (Hardcover)

By Sally Derby, Kate Kiesler (Illustrator)

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR), 9780805064018, 32pp.

Publication Date: May 1, 2001



Join this prowling cat as he explores his neighborhood at night.

"The wind cried adventure,
the moon shone mystery."

"Come back soon," the girl calls as Taiko rushes over the fence and down the sidewalk. His eyes shine with excitement. His ears twitch with anticipation. New smells. New experiences. He hears the girl calling him to come back. Not yet. It's too soon. He ambles along after an old raccoon, when suddenly he's stopped by a growling dog.

Again, the girl steps out into the windy night and calls for Taiko. Now, with a mrrow, of welcome he comes out of hiding and into her arms. Inside, Taiko curls up on the sleeping girl's bed and purrs himself to sleep.

Sally Derby's poetic text and Kate Kiesler's luminous illustrations capture both the wild mystery of night and the safety and comfort of home.

About the Author

Sally Derby is the author of four other picture books. She lives with her husband in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Kate Kiesler is the illustrator of a number of well-received books for children. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, she worked as an assistant to the noted illustrator Barry Moser before beginning her own career in children's books. Ms. Kiesler now lives in Silverthome, Colorado.