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Local meets international. The white tailed fawn eats cereal with Gumby, a Korean doll, and a tiger. I bet more American children have tiger stuffed animals than whatever animal is the most common animal to their area.

Despite several books and toys with farm themes and visits to 4H fairs and petting zoos, our son does not imitate farm animals. My husband and I moo and bray, oink and cluck. We neigh and rear up like wild horses. Beren can attribute most of the sounds to the correct animal. He knows what we're talking about, but he does not join in the barnyard chorus.

Bumblebees on showy goldenrod, Hunterdon County, NJ

Milk snake, Sourlands - a garden buddy 

Great horned owl carcass, Catskills

Garter snake, Sourlands

The commonness of farm themed toys and books makes sense, many of these animals are familiar to many children, even across the world. These toys can be sold widely, where local fauna is too local. Roadrunner and armadillo, lion and elephant. Well, many American children know more about lions and elephants than grey squirrels, so my argument may be falling apart here.

I will stop pontificating. Beren imitates snakes, owls, and bees.

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