The Bog Baby

Similar in flavor to The Sea Serpent and Me, Jean Willis and Gwen Millward‘s The Bog Baby recounts two sisters’ adventures when they find a magical creature, only to learn they have to let it go. School Library Journal: “The glorious illustrations reveal a lush dreamscape of a backyard flush with tendrils, bluebells, Queen Anne’s lace, birch trees, cherry trees, dragonflies, ladybugs, and more, all delicately and minutely drawn, and painted in watercolors. The child-voiced, economical narrative transports readers into the squelches and squeaks of tromping through the mud and spring plants, and straight into heartbreak when the beloved bog baby gets sick and hides under its shells. Luckily readers can venture vicariously into the twilight bog when the sisters return their pet to its natural environment.” Giggle factor: not applicable. Adult enjoyment: depends on how nostalgic you are. Illustrations: five jelly jars. This book gets better with repeated readings.

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~ by kaychubbuck on July 27, 2010.

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