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Simply Small Series - Perry
by Paola Opal
AGES: 0 to 3
SIZE: 4.25 x 7.75
PRICES: US $7.75, Cdn $8.95
HARDCOVER: 978-1-897476-47-5


"Perry the baby polar bear swims his first stroke towards independence, and finds his way back to mommy again. The satisfying story manages to have a beginning, middle and end with just five or fewer words per page." - Canadian Family


Family Tested: “We love the drawings and it was nice that there was a point to the story. Lola repeats the words to herself. I’ll buy the rest of the series.” – Allison Whately-Doucet, Mom of Lola, 2, Moncton, N.B., from Canadian Family


Praise for the Simply Small series:

- Canadian Children’s Centre, Best Books for Kids and Teens, 2009

- Year’s Best - Resource Links

- Winner of Top 10 Great Books for Children Award, 2010, Canadian Toy Testing Council!

“Board books of outstanding cuteness!” - Changing Hands

“With appealing, accessible illustrations by Paola Opal and simple text, toddlers and preschoolers will identify with these stories of wanting to do things themselves and feeling left behind by bigger siblings.” - Yoyomama

CM review

Paola Opal introduces a new animal character with Perry who is a young polar bear. While Perry's mother can swim, Perry has not yet learned how to do so, and his fear of the water keeps him on the polar ice while his mother, who is in the water, demonstrates how he should use his feet as paddles. The most, however, that Perry is willing to do is to stand on the ice and thump his feet in a paddle-like fashion. His thumping causes the ice beneath him to crack, and Perry then floats off on a most unstable chunk of ice. Finding himself getting further and further away from his mother, a desperate Perry throws himself into the water. Lo and behold, not only does Perry actually begin to swim, but he finds that he enjoys doing so and even asks to continue swimming when his mother suggests that they get out of the water and rest.

internal art      Opal's signature illustration style, one that utilizes heavy black outlines for figures and objects again serves him well in delivering a warm family-focussed story to his young audience. Opal's "eyes" and the characters' body postures clearly indicate the emotions the characters are experiencing. A must-buy for home libraries and libraries serving the toddler crowd.

Highly Recommended.