BING AND CHUTNEY by Andrea Wayne von Königslöw


Age Range: 3 - 8
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paper 1-55037-608-X Large print, telescoped illustrations, and extremely rapid outcomes from decisions propel readers through this whimsical story. Best friends Bing, a pig who loves to cook, and Chutney, a dance-loving elephant have lived together for three years, and “every day was a very good day.” One Sunday, Chutney announces her decision to become a famous dancer, packs her bags, and leaves. Bing hides the tear that wells up at Chutney’s announcement so as not to darken the moment, then opens a cooking school the next day. Opening day produces a crowd of students. Chutney meets with similar success, and by Thursday is dancing in the “Great Hall” before a throng of adoring fans, a day on which Bing has become a famous baker. By Friday Bing is munching on leftovers and Chutney is having the hotel-room blues, so on Saturday she comes backs for a reunion, where Bing cooks and Chutney provides the entertainment. The point is not the pace, but the results: friends support friends in this blithe fantasy with its strong message. Readers impatient for the next adventure of Holly Hobbie’s Toot and Puddle will be glad to have this while they wait. (Picture book. 3-8)

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 1999
ISBN: 1-55037-609-8
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Annick Press
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 1st, 1999