Friday, November 8, 2019

"Don't Let Go" - a bookwrap

At the polar bear beach, one little cub isn’t ready to float on his own 


Don't Let Go!

* Ages:  2 - 5
* Grade Level:  PS - K
* Hardcover:  32 pages
* Publisher:  Owlkids
* Pub. Date:  April 15, 2020
* Language:  English


Unveiling the Story

The Polar Bear family decide to spend a frosty day at the beach together.  The older bear siblings dive right in but the youngest wants Daddy to hold on to him.  He is nervous and lacks self-confidence when it comes to being an independent swimmer.  Daddy cuddles him close hoping to give him a sense of safety and security and then the plan is to release the little guy into the cold icy water to swim all on his own.  Little cub has a different idea.  Despite Daddy's encouragement to let go his son keeps on insisting :  "Don't let go!" 

Dad tries everything to appease the little guy's fears:  a lifesaver, a flutter board, a pool noodle, and even a rubber ball ( all excellent vocabulary builders by the way), but little cub only wants to cling onto his Daddy. 

Will little bear finally be brave enough to go swimming on his own and let his poor exhausted Daddy have some fun in the icy water by himself? 

This simple and relatable story is told in speech bubbles ( great for introducing graphic storytelling) and wonderful,  humorous illustrations that greatly enrich the storyline.  

I love the way that Mommy Bear seems totally detached from the drama that is going on between her mate and their son.  She is having a lovely relaxing beach time enjoying the sun, reading, snacking, taking photos and accepting calls and chatting on her phone.  Daddy, on the other hand, is being poked, prodded, and weighed down with his youngster's unending demands and loads of toys.  Can Daddy ever escape and leave his little one to float on his own? 

The colourful illustrations are lovely.  They are full of action and expression.  I highly recommend this book. 

Storywraps Rating - 5 +++ HUGS!!!!!

Oh noooooo..... Mommy's turn! 

Meet the Author 

ÉLISABETH EUDES-PASCAL studied painting at Concordia University and illustration at the Université du Québec à Montréal. She has lived around the world, including in France and India. She now lives in Montreal, Quebec. She has published books in both English and French, and is the author and illustrator of three books for children.

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