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BELLA GETS HER SKATES ON by Ian Whybrow

BELLA GETS HER SKATES ON

By Ian Whybrow (Author) , Rosie Reeve (Illustrator)

Age Range: 3 - 8

Pub Date: Nov. 1st, 2007
ISBN: 978-0-8109-9416-4
Publisher: Abrams

Despite the regrettably trendy-sounding title, Whybrow’s latest release is a sweetly wholesome tale. Given the moniker “Little Baby Not-Sure” by her father, the young rabbit Bella struggles with her propensity to worry. Overshadowed by her exuberant siblings, Bella takes a cautious approach to new experiences. When her father suggests an ice-skating outing, Bella is consumed by anxiety. Whybrow exhibits a keen understanding of a little one’s misgivings, as Bella nervously wonders what could go wrong. Bella’s father wisely suggests a series of confidence-building, play-centered activities to allay Bella’s concerns. Reeve’s illustrations, rendered in a medley of muted hues and softly blurred lines, further convey the winsome tenderness of the tale. Whybrow’s adept and compassionate approach to resolving Bella’s situation is bound to encourage fellow kindred spirits. Reluctant readers will take heart in Bella’s ultimate triumph. (Picture book. 3-8)