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Gregory and Alexander

by (author) William Barringer

illustrated by Kim La Fave

Orca Book Publishers
Initial publish date
Jan 2003
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Jan 2003
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 0 to 7
  • Grade: p to 2
  • Reading age: 4 to 8


Gregory is a mouse and Al is a caterpillar. The two are the closest of friends, sharing everything until one day Al tucks himself into a blanket and doesn't come out. Gregory is sad at the loss of his friend. Even his dreams of flying a kite are no distraction until, one day, Al returns, transformed, bringing with him confirmation of their friendship and the fulfillment of Gregory's dream.

About the authors

William Barringer's profile page

Kim La Fave, a Governor General's Award-winning artist, is the illustrator of Amos's Sweater (by Janet Lunn) -- winner of the Ruth Schwartz Children's Book Award and the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award for illustration -- Follow That Star (by Kenneth Oppel), I Am Small (by Cherrie Fitch), the bestselling The Bones and Skeleton Book (by Steven Cumbaa) and many other children's books. He lives in Roberts Creek, BC.

Kim La Fave's profile page


  • Short-listed, Chocolate Lily nominee
  • Commended, Canadian Toy Testing Council Recommended Books
  • Commended, CCBC Our Choice

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