Sunday, May 1, 2022

Afraid of Your Neighbor - a bookwrap



Afraid of Your Neighbor

by Katharina E. Volk

Illustrated by Malgosia Zajac


* Reading Age:  3-7

* Grade Level:  PS-2

* Hardcover:  19 pages

* Publisher:  Kind World Publishing 

* Pub. Date:  August 02, 2022

* ISBN:  9781638940166

* Language:  English

* Reading Age:  3-7

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The Book

"Afraid of Your Neighbour" is a wonderful story about not making assumptions and not drawing factual conclusions without the evidence of your fears.  

Frog loses his ball and cannot find it anywhere.  He assumes that the new neighbour who has just moved into the community (whom he has never met or even seen) is the perpetrator of the theft.  Frog's forest friends rally around his unsubstaniated suspicions and are ready to storm the new neighbour's home and retrieve Frog's ball.  Their mob mentality and brute solidarity will surely result in getting that ball back to its owner.  

Only little mouse is brave enough to confront the new arrival and seek out the truth.  What will she encounter when she meets the so-called stealer?  Will he be a kind, gentle, inviting new neighbour or a dangerous rogue thief ready to terrorize everyone in the forest? 

The gorgeous illustrations are colourful, detailed and engaging.  The author has included discussion questions at the end of the book that are sure to spark conversations about the life lesson that is being presented.  It teaches that it is best to approach an unknown situation with logic and evidence rather than with your imagination and suspicion which can lead to jumping to incorrect conclusions.  

I love the book and would recommend it in classrooms and elementary school libraries.  

Storywraps Rating - 5 HUGS! 



Meet the Author

Katharina E. Volk was born in springtime into a large family in Witten, Westphalia. She discovered her love of language and poetry even before she graduated from high school. This was followed by a degree in German studies, work in a kindergarten and trips to various professional areas. This brought some inspiration and ultimately led to the creative desk which is currently situated in Friedrichshafen on Lake Constance in Germany. The author’s books are full of endearing beings of all kinds.

About the Illustrator

MaΕ‚gorzata ZajΔ…c is a Polish illustrator. She lives with her family in a very old city called KrakΓ³w. This city is known for its famous dragon (unfortunately no longer in good shape) and for Wawel Royal Castle (still in perfect shape). MaΕ‚gorzata strongly believes that imagination is the most important thing in life. Her head is always full of all kind of creatures, imaginary friends, magical worlds and entire stories. She uses her drawing skills and different techniques to create those nonexistent worlds on paper. The shelves in MaΕ‚gorzata’s workshop are filled with beautiful books illustrated by her favorite artists from all over the world. She admires them and learns something new from them every day. She dreams that her picture books will one day be on someone’s Favorites shelves too.

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