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Edwards, Margaret Bunel.

Illustrated by Judi Pennanen. Moonbeam (Ont.), Penumbra Press, 1986. unpaged, paper, $7.95, ISBN 0-920806-69-4.No CIP

Pre-School-Grade 3
Reviewed by Wendy Carter

Volume 15 Number 4
1987 July

Learning to ride a bike or getting stitches is a very real childhood experience. Little Stitch is a story that involves young readers early by taking them on the bike ride. The simple story-line along with the pleasing, blurred-movement illustrations by Judi Pennanen bring the children into an adventure that is made of short-cuts, downhill rides, and visits to the doctor at the hospital for stitches.

It has many subtle lessons that children will understand and discuss naturally. It contains many built-in jumping-off points for discussion—the bike accident, the process of getting needles and stitches, and the comparison of the feeling of getting a bee sting and the trials and tribulations of learning to ride a bicycle.

The adults in the story are visually and literally humorous yet they are also the care and comfort givers when a child is in need. Young children will really enjoy this picture book because they will easily empathize with the range of feelings the book evokes. Adults will enjoy sharing everyday traumatic childhood experiences while reading this book with children.

Wendy Carter, North Ward School, Paris, Ont.
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