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Children's Fiction Marriage & Divorce

My Bright Friend Read-Along

by (author) Simon Boulerice

illustrated by Marilyn Faucher

translated by Sophie B. Watson

read by Kelly Nakatsuka

Publisher
Orca Book Publishers
Initial publish date
Nov 2019
Category
Marriage & Divorce, Imagination & Play, Friendship
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781459825161
    Publish Date
    Nov 2019
    List Price
    $19.99

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 3 to 5
  • Grade: p to k
  • Reading age: 3 to 5

Description

A tender story, complemented by vibrant illustrations, that reminds us empathy and generosity are marvelous tools to overcome one’s troubles.

Now that his parents are separated, Ludo has two homes: one in the country with his mom, and the other in the city with his dad. The young boy doesn’t like leaving the countryside and his friends to go to his father’s apartment in the city, but he does find some entertainment in the flashing traffic lights on the street corner under his window. Ludo convinces himself (with the help of his father) that the lights are controlled by a tiny gentleman who sits inside the signal pole, flipping switches all day and night. Ludo starts sneaking out to leave food for the man, and he soon makes a new friend in the big city.

About the authors

Award-winning Qu&eacuteb&eacutecois author Simon Boulerice is a playwright, novelist, poet and children's book author. His picture book Florence & L&eacuteon (Qu&eacutebecAm&eacuterique, published as Florence & Leon in English by Orca) was nominated for the 2016 Governor General's Award for French-language children's illustration. Inspired by the power of the imagination, Simon believes in the gift of time to let your mind wander...because you never know what it will come up with.

Simon Boulerice's profile page

Marilyn Faucher's profile page

Sophie B. Watson is an award-winning freelance writer who has been published in several magazines, including Briarpatch Magazine, Canadian Dimension, Canadian Living Magazine, Legacy Magazine, and Sustainable Times (among others). She holds a degree in English and French literature from the University of Alberta as well as a master's in creative writing from Bath Spa University. She has been a library page, a waitress, a substitute dj, a bookseller, and, most recently, the editor of Cork University Press. Cadillac Couches is Sophie's first novel. Read more about Sophie (and her aquatic larks) on her blog at sophiebwatson.com.

Sophie B. Watson's profile page

Kelly Nakatsuka is a former CBC broadcaster and journalist who spends his time these days as a father, husband, concert promoter and counselling therapist in Victoria BC. He loves telling stories and thoroughly enjoys lending his voice to the wonderful tales published by Orca Book Publishers. Kelly loves living and working on the West Coast and is honoured and humbled to call the unceded traditional territories of the Lekwungen and Hul’qumi’num speaking peoples his home.

 

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Editorial Reviews

“Excellent. Highly recommended for a quirky, yet touching read aloud.”

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“Illustrations are lively and the colours fittingly bright and lush. The substantial text renders this a great picture book for older children, while still working as a read-aloud for younger kids. My Bright Friend quietly advances the notion that, more than overt lessons, kids need space to think, question, and imagine during sensitive times.”

Quill & Quire

“This book would help any child dealing with their parents’ separating. It is an excellent choice for any elementary school library. Any family having changes in their lives may want to read this to celebrate new things.”

Must Read Literature: K thru YA

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