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. Volume XXII Number 31. . . .April 15, 2016
This little book is one of the type that could provide a bridge between a beginning reader and an early chapter book, or it could be the first read-aloud experience for an older preschooler looking to move on from picture books.
Here we have four stories of a little girl named Pinny who is exploring the world around her. She searches for a perfect wishing stone, goes blueberrying with friends, bakes a cake, and gets to know a scavenger seagull.
The mild adventures are described in a colourful way that will stretch the young reader’s vocabulary. They end in a satisfying but predictable manner:
Isabelle Malenfant’s illustrations feature childish figures jumping and running and at rest. The colour palette is one of muted grey and mauve tones. The technique is an unusual one, described as having been done with pastels, graphite pencil, Q-tips and an electric eraser.
Ellen Heaney is a retired children’s librarian living in Coquitlam, BC.
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