Wild, Hardback
3.5 out of 5 (1 rating)


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 32 pages, Illustrations
  • Publisher: Flying Eye Books
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Picture storybooks
  • ISBN: 9781909263086



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One day a baby mysteriously appears in the wild, no one knew how she came to be there, “but all knew it was right.” The book takes you through the lessons she learns through interacting with the wildlife of the forest. The colorful spreads are reminiscent of children’s drawings with the soft, sketchy texture of colored pencils. The illustrations tend towards cartoony, but instead of detracting from the story, they lend the foliage and fauna emotions that bring the forest to life as a thriving character. One day, hunters find the small girl in the forest and place her in the care of a psychologist who intends to ‘civilize’ her. Needless to say, this civilizing endeavor does not go well. One day, sad and frustrated, she decides she’s had enough and leaves, an utterly destroyed house in her wake, “and all knew it was right.” In the full circle encompassed by the story, the narrative shows children it’s okay to be true to their own nature, to be spirited and alive. This lesson is most likely to be most helpful when placed in context by the reader; otherwise children may come to the incorrect conclusion that they should never behave. In this way, the story may be too complex for some children to handle appropriately, but it’s still heart-warming to encourage children to be children and remain happy and free. Recommended for additional selection.

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