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Jul 30 2017

When the world is full of friends by Gillian Shields

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Ill. by Anna Currey. Bloomsbury, 2017. ISBN 9781408849668
(Age: 1-4) Recommended. Themes: Friendship, Working together 'When the world is full of friends, the fun and laughter never ends'. Author Gillian Shields and illustrator Anna Currey celebrate friendship and creativity in this gentle story When the World is full of friends. From a pastel yellow background, little Albert the rabbit hops across the grass to begin the tale. Tom, Flossie and Pipkin love to escape from their little thatched cottage into the green meadow ready to play. Each one has special characteristics, Albert the oldest is the most active, he loves to run and race. Young Tom enjoys dressing up, in his pirate, monster and Prince costumes he acts out plays for his whole family. Sister Flossie is creative, she loves to be inventive, making and painting windmills, forts and pretty umbrellas. Baby Flossie loves playing on his blankie in the sunshine.
When a family of squirrels appear on the opposite side of the riverbank, each of the rabbit's special abilities are needed to work together and find a way across the river to meet their new friends. Currey's delightful ink and watercolour paintings add liveliness to this easy to read story celebrating family and friends.
Rhyllis Bignell

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