The spiritual art of listening takes patience and practice. The little girl in this enchanting tale by Byrd Baylor and Peter Parnall meets an old man who is quite skilled at this art. He can hear wildflower seeds break open and a rock talking to a lizard. A friend of his once heard a whole sky full of stars.

The old man advises the girl to slow down, take her time, and get to know one thing as well as she can. She takes his advice and goes out into the place she has chosen alone. Wonder and awe overtake her. She discovers that this way of listening is the most natural thing in the world.

This is a wonderful book with a poetic and profound text by Baylor and beautiful, fluid line drawings by Peter Parnall.