Laurie, i adore this! Such a wonderful scene! Makes me wonder if a playmate has left, or perhaps the wind, or another force is making its presence known.....either way, that open gate beckons! The bear lying flat on its back is my favorite part!
Thank you very much for the compliment and for sharing your impressions! I didn't finish the story in my imagination so as I look at the illustration now I wonder those same things!