Boomer, a lavender skunk, is worried about the first day of school. His worst fears come true when the school bully says he's not allowed to play with them. When Boomer gets the chance to show his special qualities, others stop and take notice.
The illustrations are bright, perfect for engaging a preschooler and kindergartener. The story has "lessons" on several levels.
S/He loved it right away, especially Boomer's lavender coloring. We were asked to read this one several times in a row, for several days running.
This is a sweet story. Predictable, but cute. The author creates a great way for parents to talk with their kids about their fears, which likely mirror Boomer's: school, being made fun of, and feeling left out.
This is a story that reminds kids about the pitfall of judging others.
The focus for this story is Boomer and his feelings, and there is plenty to work with. When you read the back, you can learn more about organizations that help animals.
9 to 11
3 to 8
Started reading with 3-year-old child.
Buy. This story will have value for a long time. It will assuage fears and affirm self-esteem in different ways at each of the different ages in the target audience.