I thought, maybe I should write about this “letting go” thing. But how to give it the voice of a child? Letting go of an animal adopted from the wild seemed like a good metaphor, something that kids would understand. And because I had fallen in love with the Four Corners region after visiting for years, the pueblos felt like a natural setting.
I knew there were a number of books which were retellings of Native American traditional stories, but few featured realistic characters, people more like the actual people I had met on my trips. Perhaps this was something different I could contribute.