When Jemima is small, Leonard manages to be on her level, and often responds intuitively to her feelings.

They are walking in a wood when she spots a Keeper's Larder with various grisly carcasses hung on a strand of barbed wire. Her eye is caught by the patch of bright blue plumage on a jay's wing and Leonard responds telepathically to her appreciation of the colour.

Leonard stepped forward, plucked one of the stripy blue feathers and laid it in the palm of her hand. She walked all the rest of the way holding it out in front of her like a tiny Olympic flame.
Excerpt 1 from Wild Goose