Tales from Parc la Fontaine
Picture Book (Series)
Ages 3 to 6
Annick Press, 2006, 1-55451-043-0
Trevor is a very attractive blue budgie who wants very much to have a little more excitement in his life. So the determined little bird escapes from his cage and he goes to the Parc la Fontaine to live it up a little, “to act wild” for a change. Much to his surprise Trevor discovers that acting wild is not as easy as he thought it would be. Nor is it as much fun either.
Fiona is a snail who is hungry for a little love. Every year she falls in love with a caterpillar and this year is no exception. Despite the warnings from her friend Colin, Fiona once again falls in love with an “adorable” and “cute” caterpillar even thought she knows full well that the relationship is going to “end in tears.” She just cannot help herself. Luckily something happens which takes Fiona’s mind off her latest love.
Angela is a little fly who has one day to live and she is determined to make it as meaningful a day as she can. After laying her eggs Angela sets about exploring the world around her, meeting other creatures and making friends, helping those in need, and experiencing all that life has to offer.
In warm and soft colored pencil illustrations Roslyn Schwartz, who is best know for her Mole Sister books, tells the stories of three characters whom we can all identify with, appreciate and, in the case of Angela the fly, admire. With a gentle humor and an obvious appreciation for the absurd and the poignant, the author has created three charming little tales for the young and not-so-young alike.
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