The Little Lost Robin
Illustrator: Tina Macnaughton
Published by: Good Books
Ages: 3 years and up
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…..
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.