The Child’s Menagerie

When the polar bears and penguins are gone, what lovable toy army will be the children’s close companions?

TUSCON — CHRISTMAS was when they sent in the reinforcements. By then the regular troops were weary, though still stalwart, still brave. Some had lost limbs, others an eyeball. The soles of one guy’s feet kept peeling off. He was my favorite: a hippo. My mother patched his pads many times.

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