Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Review: Caspian Finds a Friend by Jacqueline Veissid


CASPIAN FINDS A FRIEND
by Jacqueline Veissid
Illustrated by Merrilees Brown
Chronicle Books
Picture Book
36 pages
ages 4 to 8


Caspian Finds a Friend is an imaginative picture book about how the power to change our world lies within ourselves.

Caspian lives in a lighthouse surrounded by a cold gray-blue sea—every day, he watches, wishing for a friend, but no one comes. So, Caspian decides that wishing is not enough.

What follows is a friendship story between a boy and a bear that is tender, warm, and perfect for gift-giving.

• Features lyrical text and evocative illustrations
• Teaches the lesson about how reaching out to others can change everything
• Story is fresh yet enduring and familiar

Caspian Finds a Friend is a warm and evocative storybook that strikes a universal chord.

Featuring a cuddly bear and a relatable protagonist, this picture book is perfect for gift-giving and bedtime snuggles for children between the ages 4 and 7 years old.

• A wonderful gift for parents, grandparents, teachers, educators, librarians, and those looking for a stunning story about making friends
• The perfect gift for your little reader who loves bears
• Great for fans of Be Kind by Pat Zietlow Miller, Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World's Most Famous Bear by Lindsay Mattick, and Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey.



 MY TIDBITS

Day dreams, stars and the roll of the sea meld into a touching tale of beautiful search for friendship.

Caspian lives in a lighthouse, which is wonderful except its a lonely life. He doesn't have a friend but waits for one to come on the sea. When day after day goes by and no one arrives, he takes matters into his own hands and stuffs a note into a bottle. The result warms the heart.

Imagination flows perfectly in these pages and takes a wonderful message—finding a friend—on an almost magical ride. The yearning to not be alone touches the heart, and the boy's attitude is amazing. He doesn't get up or even grow bitter. He does what he can to find a friend, and it works. But in a way which lets dreams take flight and smiles abound.

This isn't only a beautifully told story. The illustrations invite for dreaming as well. The sea, the lighthouse, and especially the starry sky lay an amazing background which invites dreams to come true. It's fun just to get lost in the pages and enjoy Caspian's tale that way too.

This is a lovely book which makes a great read aloud and is sure to become a favorite, which needs to be read again and again.


And here they are...

The Author...
Jacquiline Veissid can often be found staring out at the sea, wishing for a new picture book idea. She lives in Hull, Massachusetts. This is her second book.

The Illustrator...
Merrilees Brown studied fine art painting and drawing as well as documentary photography. Originally from London, she now lives in Philadelphia. This is her first book.

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