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Shelter Hardcover – October 3, 2017
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From School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2— Woodland animals ready themselves for an approaching winter storm, but a little fox is concerned: "What if others are still outside?" he asks. He is right to worry. Soon two bear brothers come into sight with a bag of tea leaves and an entreaty to share food, shelter, warmth. They are turned away by animals who clearly have enough of whatever is requested, until the little fox rushes out to give them a lantern. Grateful and hopeful, the bears move on. The tables are turned when the fox family's shelter collapses and they are forced into the cold to seek shelter. The bears do not hesitate to share their cozy snow berm and the light of the lantern. (In a bit of literary license, the bears have got hot water and mugs for tea.) Claire writes in spare prose elegantly translated from French and Leng's loose pen-and-ink drawings capture the mood of the story while offering lovely little woodland details. The messages of compassion, acceptance, and forgiveness are interwoven, if a little muddled. Young readers will have an opportunity to see all the sides of the experience—the stranger in search of shelter, the animals protecting themselves against danger, the compassionate little fox, and the closed circle of the ending. VERDICT An excellent conversation starter about the vagaries of life and our responsibilities to one another. Recommended as a strong purchase.— Lisa Lehmuller, Paul Cuffee Maritime Charter School, Providence
... a beautiful tale that reads like a fable to teach giving and kindness ...―Kirkus Reviews, starred review
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This book explains with a gentle tone and a non-didactic approach about the failure of community when it becomes isolationist and the power of kindness and compassion for those in need. After all, one might become the ones who need help eventually. The illustrations by Leng glow on the page. They show the lovely families together and their warmth with one another and the love they have. That is then turned quickly on its head as they turn away the strangers. A strong and simple tale that will lead to important discussion. Appropriate for ages 4-6.
It was fun to guess what sort of bear the “strangers” were as they went door to door adding a bit of mystery to this story of kindness. What a delight to guess right as the snow storm came. Easy guess for the six-year-old but a thinking one for three-year-old.
The art work has a lovely watercolor painted effect that enhances the feel of the coming storm. The text is short but expressive. First semester second grade readers should find this text easy enough but children much younger will enjoy the story read to them, especially since the idea of a kind deed is ageless.
The publisher through Net Galley provided a copy.
This is the tale of five families of forest animals who wake one morning to learn that a storm is coming. They prepare by gathering wood and stockpiling food. Soon, everyone is safely tucked away in their homes—except two strange bears who emerge from the fog as the wind howls.
The bears ask the different animal families for help, but are turned away at one door after another. My little one’s reaction to the way the bears were being treated was all I needed to see to know that the moral of this story was hitting home for her!
I received an advance reader copy of this book in exchange for my unbiased review.
As winter follows fall the animals in the forest prepare themselves for an oncoming storm. They prepare their food, homes and families for the oncoming cold. After their preparations are completed and the storm has begun two strangers arrive through the fog.
With the storm surrounding them the two brother bears ask for shelter, food or warmth in exchange for their tea. Each doorway they pass offers them respite and each time they approach they are sent away. Until little fox offers to share his lantern.
The two bears make a shelter with the falling snow--but what is wonderful for one family is disastrous for another. What will the fox family do when they become the ones without a home?
This story is sweetly written and approaches the idea of sharing with others and caring for those around us--even those who are strangers.
I received a complementary copy of this book in exchange for my unbiased review.
This was such a heartwarming little story with a great lesson on sharing and being compassionate to others; especially in times of need. You never know when it will be you that is in trouble and needs a helping hand.
The watercolor illustrations are fantastic. The warm, muted colors really help build the scene of each comfy little den during a winter storm. I absolutely adore this illustrator's style.