“Perfect Picture Book” – Friday

The Little Lost Robin

Little Lost RobinAuthor:   Elizabeth Baguley

Illustrator:   Tina Macnaughton

Published by:  Good Books

Ages: 3 years and up

Theme:  Friendship

Opening Lines:   On the edge of the deep woods lived an old Hare.  Once, he had leaped and pranced under the magical moon, but time had made him grey and stiff and he no longer danced.

Synopsis:  Hare befriends colourful Robin while feeding the birds, and one day when the birds finally fly away it was Robin who decided to stay and keep the old Hare company. During the winter Robin sang for Hare and Hare would sway in time to his tune and feed the little bird.  One day a howling storm kept Hare in his burrow, and when it finally passed he raced to find Robin, but the little bird was nowhere to be seen.  Hare is sure Robin is lost forever.  Where is Robin and has Hare lost his friend?  You will have to get this beautiful book out to discover the lovely ending.

Why I like it:  The soft wispy hues from autumn to winter, and the gentle facial expressions, Tina has magically filled the book from cover to cover with, are an attention grabber alone. From every colour of green through the forest to the creams and snowy white winter snow to the fluffy colourful little Robin.  A delight for the eyes.  What I loved most about this story is how it shows friendship works both ways.  The devotion and caring for one another is what true friendship is about and what makes this story so adorable.  Such a sweet quiet story just right to have a young child sitting on your lap begging you to read it again. Go on…..

Resources/Findings:  

Tina Macnaughton’s website of her lovely prints….    http://www.tina-macnaughton.com/colour.html

Here’s an introduction to Elizabeth Baguley…     http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pZQyuUwVHYQ

A website of topics for kids on friendship and being a friend…     http://www.cyh.com/HealthTopics/HealthTopicDetailsKids.aspx?p=335&np=286&id=1636

Fun rabbit facts for kids….   http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/sciencefacts/animals/rabbit.html

Colour and cut out Rabbits for kids to have fun….     http://www.hellokids.com/t_289/rabbit

For more books with resources please head on over and visit the lovely author Susanna Leonard Hill’s blog and find the tab for Perfect Picture Books.    Her blog is full of resources links and activities associated with the books reviewed by many authors.

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About Diane Tulloch

Known also as the Patientdreamer I am a writer who loves to dream, and is passionate about writing stories for the young.
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31 Responses to “Perfect Picture Book” – Friday

  1. laura516 says:

    The cover drew me in immediately and your description makes it even more alluring! Thanks for posting. I depend on those lovely lap-reads to recharge my mommy batteries 🙂

  2. Oh—I need to know what happens. This looks beautiful. We owned a house bunny for 13 years so I must get this. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Joanna says:

    I so want to read the rest of this sweet story about old Hare and Robin. Delightful, Diane!

  4. I love the way you have described this book! Gentle and loving, and such beautiful illustrations. Definitely adding this to my To Be Read pile. Thank you.

  5. Love the cover and your description on the illustrations. This sounds like a story with a message. It sounds like they are dependent upon one another. Love the idea for this book — would just like to know the ending.

  6. This looks like exactly the kind of picture book I totally love, Diane! Everything about your description makes me want to read it! I love the quiet, sweet ones 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing 🙂

  7. Catherine Johnson says:

    Lovely and you know what, I love the lyrical way you wrote your thoughts on it, it sounds straight from the back of the book. Beautifully told!

  8. I love the cover and the opening lines – very nice! 🙂

  9. I think I’m gonna like this one!

  10. This sounds so sweet, Diane. I love stories like this.

  11. Janet Smart says:

    You left us with a cliff hanger! Thanks for the review.

  12. This looks like one that might tug at the heartstrings. I’m feeling sorry for poor hare!

  13. Aw this book had me at the cover illustration. How sweet! It sounds wonderful. Thank you for adding it to the list!

  14. Diane…this is a lovely book…thank you so much for sharing it…your resources/activity list is great as well.:)

  15. Thank you Vivian. I know you appreciate good resources and activities. So pleased you love the book.

  16. Stacy S. Jensen says:

    What a sweet sounding book. I’m worried about Robin. I need to find this book!

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