Williamson’s book is about otters and water, as the medium in which they thrive, mate, hunt, play and escape, bubbles and flows through it. I liked this description of water pawing and clawing, star-streaming. Later stars are again shimmeringly reflected in water.
‘At the tail of the pool it quickened smoothly into paws of water, with star-streaming claws. The water murmured against the stones.’
Source: Henry Williamson, Tarka the Otter: His joyful water-life and death in the two rivers, illus. C.F. Tunnicliffe (Harmondsworth: Puffin Books, 1976 (1927)), p. 14