A picture book about three best friends who do everything together, until they each realize that sometimes having time alone can be nice too.
Rabbit, Duck, and Big Bear are best friends. They do everything
together and go everywhere together except for one place. They never go down the long and winding path together.
But this winter, when Rabbit, Duck, and Big Bear go skating on the frozen pond, Rabbit loses control and barrels straight down the path. What she finds there is one of the most beautiful places she has ever seen, but to her surprise, Big Bear and Duck both admit they sometimes go there when they want to be alone. And while she sits in the quiet calm, Rabbit begins to understand why. In this story rich with social emotional learning, young readers will see the importance of balancing time with friends and time spent on their own.
Nadine Brun-Cosme and Olivier Tallec perfectly pair to create a fun story with lovable characters and an important message. This book is the ideal read-aloud to help little ones wind down before quiet time.
February 14, 2023
Preschool - 3
Lexile: AD560L | Fountas/Pinnell: N
Nadine Brun-Cosme lives in France, where she has written many books for children. Her books have been published in over twenty countries. She is the author of the series Grand Loup et Petit Loup
and Moi devant
, published by Flammarion and illustrated by Olivier Tallec. Her work was recently acknowledged by the Prix des Libraires Indépendants du Quebec. She is the recipient of the Andersen Italy Prize and the prize of France Télévision.
Olivier Tallec has illustrated many books for children, including Sealed with a Kiss
by Beth Ferry and This Book Will Not Be Fun
by Cirocco Dunlap. He is also the author of It’s MY Tree, I Always Wanted One, Who Done It?
and Louis I, King of the Sheep
. He lives and works in Paris, France.
“[A] funny and touching
story.”—The New York Times
★ "As sublime as sitting under a magnificent
fir tree in quiet contemplation."—Kirkus Reviews
, starred review
★ “The lovingly crafted prose
gives this plenty of storytime potential, and the moral of needing (and respecting) space from one’s friends and family sits at just the right level of subtlety.”—The Bulletin,
★ “A charming
picture book portraying the rewards of friendship and solitude.”—Booklist
, starred review
and subtle glimpse at social-emotional learning and appreciation for the natural world." —The Horn Book
picture book is a good choice for investigating the complex balance of friendship and independence." —School Library Journal
"This book is the ideal
read-aloud to help little ones wind down before quiet time." —YA Book Central