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Children's Fiction Friendship

Walk on the Wild Side

illustrated by Nicholas Oldland

Publisher
Kids Can Press
Initial publish date
Sep 2021
Category
Friendship, Humorous Stories, General
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781525305641
    Publish Date
    Sep 2021
    List Price
    $8.99
  • Hardback

    ISBN
    9781771381093
    Publish Date
    Mar 2015
    List Price
    $21.99

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 3 to 7
  • Grade: p to 2
  • Reading age: 3 to 7

Description

This clever picture book tells readers right away what to expect. “There once was a bear, a moose and a beaver who loved adventure. But sometimes their competitive natures got in the way of having fun.” One day, the three set off to climb a mountain together. But on the way there, they decide to make it more exciting by turning the climb into a race to the top. It's only after being sidelined by a series of mishaps --- a boulder tumbling down the path, the moose hanging off the side of the cliff, the bear hanging off the moose hanging off the side of the cliff --- that the three friends realize competitions don't always make for a good time. “At the end of the day, the bear, the moose and the beaver agreed that reaching the top of the mountain was great, but enjoying the journey together was even better.”

This funny, contemporary fable is from Nicholas Oldland's popular Life in the Wild series. The wonderful fun here is the comedy that highlights the adventure, in both the dry humor of the text as well as the simple, earth-toned illustrations that provide a humorous visual play-by-play of the action. This would make a terrifically entertaining storytime title, easily promoting the importance of teamwork, kindness and friendship. It could also be used in the early grades as part of a classroom discussion of woodland animals and their habitats. Another lesson here is the pleasure of getting outdoors for recreation.

About the author

 

 

 

Nicholas Oldland est le directeur artistique et l'un des propriétaires d'une entreprise de vêtements nommée Hatley. Ses motifs reconnus sont imprimés sur des pyjamas, des imperméables, des bottes de pluie et des chandails, tous signés Hatley. Aux Éditions Scholastic, il a écrit et illustré plusieurs albums dont L'ours qui aimait les arbres, L'orignal qui avait la frousse et Les amis qui ne pensaient qu'à gagner. Nicholas habite à Toronto.

 

Nicholas Oldland earned a degree in fine arts at Mount Allison University in New Brunswick, Canada, and enjoyed success as a commercial artist and filmmaker before taking up the role of creative director at Hatley, a popular apparel company. Big Bear Hugis his first picture book.

 

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Awards

  • Winner, Best Books for Kids & Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre

Editorial Reviews

This fast-paced book will appeal to younger children. It has great potential as a fun storytime read.

CM Magazine

Probably best for one-on-one sharing, this simple story is a charmer.

School Library Journal

A very well illustrated book...

Resource Links

Using simple text and clear, uncluttered illustrations, Oldland has created a warm story of friendship.

Booklist

Another fine lesson couched in a tale that never becomes didactic.

Kirkus Reviews

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