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by Owen Hart ; illustrated by Caroline Pedler

Pub Date: March 9th, 2021
ISBN: 978-1-68010-249-9
Publisher: Tiger Tales

A helping hand results in a boatload of friendship for four animals.

With a smile on her face, Bear leaves her cozy home in the midst of a steady rainfall. She stops by Squirrel’s tree to deliver a basket of food; Squirrel’s larder was lost in the rain. Ever helpful Bear then helps Hedgehog, Mouse, and Rabbit, whose homes are threatened by the rising waters. Now, safe in her home, Bear enjoys a hot drink and cookies—but not for long. Rabbit and Mouse come knocking at her door, overwhelmed by all the water. Hedgehog appears shortly after. Bear is most hospitable until her home, too, is in danger. To the boat! Their combined strength finally launches it, but what to do about food? Not to worry, for Squirrel comes drifting along with that basket of food. The rain ends, but the friendships have just begun. Colorful cartoon illustrations present full-page bucolic scenes, with the rain stopping short of being scary. (It looks so benign, coming down in big fat drops, that readers may wonder at the urgent tone.) Bear and her crew are cuddly and smiley. Pedler maintains (more or less) a sense of scale, and in some spreads, readers will have a hard time finding the smaller animals, but her cozy woodland homes are just cunning, especially Bear’s wisteria-draped cottage.

Rain is a mild threat in this tale that emphasizes neighborliness over thrills.

(Picture book. 3-6)