Only Ona by Dory Lee Maske
Approx. 3,420 words.
Published on December 11, 2009.
Ona is left at home to take care of her brother while her father goes off to sell his wares at the market. Her father does not return that day or the next or the next. An owl stops to listen as Ona sings a lullaby. He responds with a mysterious song of his own that gives Ona a clue to her father's whereabouts. She set off with her brother into the dark forest and is soon lost and afraid.