Wednesday 13 November 2013

Picture book review : Yeti and the Bird - Nadia Shireen

When I saw the name Nadia Shireen on the latest book that we'd received to review, I thought it rang a bell so I went off to check. Sure enough, last year we reviewed another of her titles, Hey Presto!, a review that you can read here. This time, we discovered Yeti and the Bird.

It's another fun story that takes a look at what it means to be a good (or better) friend. The big, scary-looking yeti is lonely because nobody wants to be friends with him. They are all terrified of him and hide in the forest, rather than coming out to meet him. Even Pierre was scared when he saw this picture and said "aaaggghhh it's a ghost" ! - I think he must have been looking at the reflection on the water !

But looks can be deceptive and, when a little red bird gets lost on her way south in the winter and is taken under Yeti's wing (so to speak !), we see a whole new, softer side to the hulking great beast that had everyone so afraid. An unlikely friendship grows up between the two, which gradually tempts out the other animals.

When the weather gets too cold and bird has to fly away, Yeti is sad and thinks he'll be left all alone again, but the animals have learnt that he's a big softie at heart and all come out to keep him company.

It's a lovely heart-warming story with some lovely life lessons about not judging people by their looks and getting to know people before deciding whether you like them or not.

star rating : 4.5/5

RRP : £6.99

  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Jonathan Cape (PB) (7 Nov 2013)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 178008014X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780080147
  • Product Dimensions: 26 x 23 x 0.4 cm

Disclosure : We received the book in order to write an honest review.

Other reviews you may be interested in :

Picture book review : Do You Speak English, Moon? - Francesca Simon & Ben Cort

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