This simple story is literary art for children at bedtime: every child should have a 'life' on their own Maggie B.
Maggie Barnstable dreams of her own delightfully decorated boat. On board she happily scrubs and organizes, cooks favorite meals, and entertains little brother James. When an evening storm arises she confidently "battens the hatches", they then sit down for a delightful evening meal. The Maggie B. is a cozy bed time story, selectively and imaginatively presenting a child's self-made haven of personal pride and comfort.
Ashman rhymes to us about a variety of animal homes shown with cozy illustrations.
This is useful as a comfortable introduction to the many ways animals find shelter. They will be introduced to a rabbit's warren, an eagle's aerie, a tidal pool, a hollow tree, and even a bedroom. Every illustration is 'encircling'. Each projecting the very security the homes are intended to provide. The simple verse offers the same feel. Some parents might hope for a bit more sophistication see Where Fish Go In Winter