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review 2017-08-13 04:19
Fly Homer Fly by Bill Peet
Fly Homer Fly - Bill Peet

Genre:  Animals / Birds / Inspiration / Drama / Friendship


Year Published: 1969


Year Read:  2010

Publisher:  Houghton Mifflin Company

 

 

Homer

“Fly Homer Fly” is a brilliant children’s book from Bill Peet and it is about how a lonely pigeon named Homer finds a friend in Sparky the sparrow when he tries to see what life is like in the big city. “Fly Homer Fly” is a lovely story about true friendship that children will love for many years.

Bill Peet’s illustrations are beautiful, especially of the images of Homer and the other pigeons in Pigeon Plaza as the pigeons look different from each other since they have different colors and shapes and Homer seems to be the smallest pigeon out of all the other pigeons. The images that stood out the most were the images of Sparky the sparrow and the largest pigeon that Homer meets up with. Sparky the sparrow looks so small and cute and is the smallest bird in the entire book, while the biggest pigeon looks rough as its feathers are all ruffled up. Bill Peet’s story about Homer trying to adjust to the city life and meeting Sparky the sparrow is truly inspirational as Homer and Sparky bond with each other throughout the book and Sparky would try his best to help out Homer in the city, which proves that he is a true friend to Homer. Children can easily relate to Homer and Sparky’s friendship as many children have friends who would do anything to help them out of a difficult situation the best they can.

Homer

“Fly Homer Fly” is a great classic book for children who love reading books about friendship. I would recommend this book to children ages five and up since the length of this book might bore smaller children.

Review is also on: Rabbit Ears Book Blog

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review 2017-01-13 00:00
Lambert the Sheepish Lion
Lambert the Sheepish Lion - Bill Peet Cute story of a lamb delivered to an expecting sheep mother.
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review 2016-11-28 22:37
Kermit the Hermit by Bill Peet
Kermit the Hermit - Bill Peet

Genre:  Animals / Drama / Compassion


Year Published: 1965


Year Read:  2016

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company

 

Kermit

I always have a fondness for Bill Peet’s works as they are always teaching the reader about lessons in life in a family friendly way that both kids and parents can enjoy reading about. One of the most recent books that I had read from Bill Peet, “Kermit the Hermit” actually discusses about the importance of sharing in one of the most endearing ways ever written in any children’s books!

Kermit was not really a hermit crab, but he behaved like an old crabby hermit due to how greedy he is as he is always taking various items from the citizens of Monterey Bay and hoarding the items in his cave. One day, Kermit spotted a battered tin can by the shore and he wanted to take it, until he met up with a dog. When Kermit pinched the dog’s nose to protect himself, the dog started to dig up a hole to put Kermit inside it. Kermit then thinks that he is about to meet his end when suddenly a young boy comes up and rescues Kermit from the dog and puts him back into the sea. Kermit was so grateful for the boy’s heroic act that he wanted to do something special for the boy to express his gratitude, but he cannot figure out a way to repay the boy.

What will Kermit give the boy to show his gratitude for saving his life?

Read this book to find out!


I never would have thought that Bill Peet would create a story about the importance of sharing with so much vigor and inspiration that I found myself being moved by Kermit the Hermit’s goals in trying to repay a young boy’s kindness for saving his life! I loved the way that Bill Peet developed Kermit’s character as Kermit went from being a greedy and cranky old crab to being a determined and kindhearted crab that wants to desperately repay a young boy for his kindness. The progression with Kermit’s character was done in such a natural way that I was really rooting for Kermit to give the boy his gift. I also loved the way that Bill Peet teaches children the importance of sharing with other people and how such an act can make a person feel so good about themselves since they have done an honorable deed that would help other people. Bill Peet’s artwork is truly gorgeous to look at as I loved the images of Monterey Bay as you can see wildlife such as seagulls and pelicans in the sky and exotic fishes in the sea. The image that really stood out to me in this book was of the halibut as it look truly terrifying and I was worried about Kermit getting hurt by the halibut!

Kermit

Parents should know that there are some scary sequences in this book where Kermit is put into real danger such as nearly being buried alive by a dog and avoiding the larger and more menacing fish in the sea. Parents might want to read this book first before reading it to their children to see if they can handle the scary sequences.

Overall, “Kermit the Hermit” is a truly wonderful book about the importance of sharing that children will learn from. I would recommend this book to children ages five and up since the scary sequences might scare smaller children.


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review 2016-11-17 04:24
Farewell to Shady Glade by Bill Peet
Farewell to Shady Glade - Bill Peet

Genre:  Environmentalism / Animals / Travel / Drama


Year Published:1966


Year Read:  2010

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company

 

Shady

“Farewell to Shady Glade” is another classic book from Bill Peet and it is about how a group of animals have to move away from Shady Glade in order to find a safer place to live when bulldozers came to tear down Shady Glade. “Farewell to Shady Glade” is a brilliant book about the trials of moving to a new place that children will surely love.

Bill Peet’s story about how a group of animals try to find a new place to live is truly touching as the animals try to believe in the hope of finding a new home and children will easily relate to the animals’ struggles of finding a new home as many children have experienced an experience where they have to move to a new home and how they have to adjust to the different atmosphere of their new home and how sometimes moving can be a scary experience for many children. Bill Peet’s illustrations are beautiful and cute especially of the images of the animals themselves as they are fat and furry and look so small compared to the outside world that they are thrown into as they move away from their home. The image that stood out the most was the image of the old raccoon looking like he is the biggest and wisest of all the animals as he has a look of wisdom on his face.

Shady

“Farewell to Shady Glade” is a heartwarming story about having a moving experience that many children will easily relate to for many years. I would recommend this book to children ages five and up since the length of this book might bore some smaller children.

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review 2016-11-17 04:12
Zella, Zack and Zodiac by Bill Peet
Zella, Zack and Zodiac - Bill Peet

 

Genre:  Family / Animals / Adoption / Drama / Africa


Year Published:1986


Year Read:  2016

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company

 

Zella

I have read many of Bill Peet’s works in the past, but I had never read a story from Bill Peet that dealt with family issues such as adopting a child and handle the issue with such care. “Zella, Zack and Zodiac” has proven to be one of Bill Peet’s most heartwarming books that I had ever read!

The story starts off with a baby ostrich chick named Zack who had just hatched out of his egg and it was then that he discovered that his mother had left him when she heard a lion’s roar in the distance and had taken the other chicks with her. Suddenly at that moment, a zebra herd came zooming by and Zack tried to yell up at them to help him, but none of the zebras took any notice of Zack. However, one zebra managed to hear Zack and came to his aid. The zebra was named Zella and she decided to raise Zack as if he was her own child and the two had so many dangerous and heartwarming adventures on the savanna together. But unfortunately, as Zack the ostrich chick got much older, he started to ignore Zella and Zella started to worry about whether or not Zack remembered how she raised him for all those years and if he still considers her his mother. Luckily, it turned out that Zack remembered Zella and how she raised him and he ended up greeting her after a few years apart from her. It turns out that Zella is pregnant and she is expecting a baby soon and she planned to call her child Zodiac. When Zodiac was finally born, Zella was overjoyed, but then she realized that there was something different about Zodiac…

What is so unique about Zodiac and are Zella and Zack still together?

Read this book to find out!


In all the times that I had read Bill Peet’s books, I never would have thought that I would stumble upon a Bill Peet book that would detail the importance of family while also discussing about adopting a child who is different from you. Bill Peet has done a splendid job at portraying the relationship between Zella the Zebra and Zack the Ostrich as they truly care for each other, despite their different appearances and I loved the way that Zella went to great lengths to protect Zack from any danger in the savanna as it shows how much of a good adopted mother she is towards Zack. I also loved the fact that Bill Peet made this book much more heartwarming than most of his works as it focuses on a zebra mother’s love for both her adopted child and her real child and it made the book extremely touching to read through. Bill Peet’s artwork is as beautiful as ever as we get to see the savanna in all its glory and I loved seeing the images of Zack riding on Zella’s back as they run across the savanna as it makes it a truly iconic image for this book!

Overall, “Zella, Zack and Zodiac” is a truly heartwarming book about the importance of family and how two unlikely species managed to become a truly close and effective family. I would recommend this book to children ages five and up since there is nothing inappropriate in this book, unless the scenes of the various predators going after Zella, Zack and Zodiac might scare some children.


Review is also on: Rabbit Ears Book Blog

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