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5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome To Friendship Bog,
This review is from: Pibbin the Small: A Tale of Friendship Bog (Friendship Bog Series) (Kindle Edition)Whilst browsing through the promos I came across this and the second book in the series, The Story Shell: A Tale of Friendship Bog (Friendship Bog Series). Written for little children I think that both these stories are great fun for all ages. The story is about animals, mainly the frogs who inhabit the bog.
Sheera, a local turtle who helps when animals are ill, has been hit by a truck, and has a broken leg. As the animals get together to move her back to her pool she says that she needs Sweetberry leaves from Dr Diggitt, a woodchuck. Pibbin, a small frog needs someone to go with him as he makes his journey to find Dr Diggitt, and thus acquires the aid of another frog, Leeper. Together they set out on an adventure that leads them into danger in the hopes of helping Sheera.
Beautifully illustrated throughout young children should love this, and the parents reading along with them will probably love this as well.
5.0 out of 5 stars An exciting and engrossing book for younger readers,
This review is from: Pibbin the Small: A Tale of Friendship Bog (Friendship Bog Series) (Kindle Edition)What a charming book, in every way (except any wand waving). Pibbin is a tree frog in Friendship Bog. We follow him as he meets the other residents and explores his homeland. Very soon one of his friends meets with disaster. An encounter with a vehicle on Rumble Road has left the turtle in dire need of life-saving, or at least leg-saving, medicine. But most of Pibbin's friends have other things they are busy with. Some would like to help but are unable, for various reasons, although they offer the help they can. Eventually Pibbin sets off in the company of Leeper, a bog frog, in search of the Doctor who has the medications that the turtle knows she needs. Of course, there are plenty of terrors he has to face before he arrives at his destination. Does he succeed in saving the turtle? You'll have to read it to find out.
This chapter book is written for an age group slightly younger than those I usually read, but it is hugely enjoyable even from my advanced age. The characters are well-drawn, not only in words, by Gloria Repp, but also in very clever illustrations by Tim Davis. I went back through the book when I'd finished, looking at these in finer detail. They are wonderful drawings of the animals, with their motifs like Leeper's cap and Pibbin's backpack, but merged onto photographs of real locations, presumably the bogs and wild country where the stories are set. The result is exquisite and very effective*.
There are plenty of lessons to be drawn from Pibbin's adventures, whether the value of friendship, bravery and different types of courage, or the range of animals that live in a given habitat and their interdependence. I was a bit worried about the description of the location of the north star, but it some areas it might work, as it is an accurate description of the north star if you can identify the Little Bear. Finding the Plough, or Great Bear, and using the `pointers' is a more usual method in the UK, though, since it is one of the brightest and easiest of the constellations to find.
I was fully drawn into the book and suffered pangs of anxiety as the tale unfolded. It will surely delight young readers, and hopefully they will learn to love and treasure wildlife and wild spaces as much as I do.
An exciting and engrossing book for younger readers, it is the first in the Tales of Friendship Bog. I may well look for the next one, just to find out more about this wonderful community.
*I see there is a new edition that is illustrated by Michael Swaim. I had a look inside it, and I'm afraid I don't like the illustrations nearly as much. Clever illustrations, but they've lost the charm.
5.0 out of 5 stars An Enchanting Book,
This review is from: Pibbin the Small: A Tale of Friendship Bog (Friendship Bog Series) (Kindle Edition)I was given a copy of this book by the author in return for an honest review.
Gloria Repp opens up in this first of three books an enchanting new world about Friendship Bog. It is a world of exciting adventures and creative imagination.
Pibbin, the small tree frog and the central character in the story,takes a long trip with his frog friend Leeper that is filled with all kinds of dangers.
The quest is to find Doctor Digger who has the necesssary medicine to heal their friend Sheena the turtle who has been run over by a truck.
The story is easy to follow with characters who are likeable and easy to imagine. The book is perfectly illustrated by Tim Davis whose drawings help the reader form mental images of the story.
This book is aimed at the the six and above age group and I am sure this will enchant children for many years to come. I wholeheartedly recommend this book.
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, Engaging and Heart-warming,
Unfortunately, Sweetberry leaves can only be found in the garden of Sheera's friend, the Doctor, who lives far away near the Silver Sea, and Pibbin must make a perilous journey to get there. The very thought of the long and hazardous trip strikes terror in Pibbin's heart. But he is quite determined to pluck up the courage to go, and in doing so, save his friend from the terrible fate of a wooden leg that won't bend, or, worse still, death. He is given two pieces of advice by Gaffer, an old tree frog: "Get the Doctor's name" and "Find yourself a pal who's quick and smart." Both of which he does! Pibbin is only small and does not think of himself as being brave, but his friend needs the leaves or her leg will not recover. So he puts his fears behind him and concentrates on the task in hand, and he and his new-found pal go off in search of the leaves. The journey is far from uneventful, but not once does he shy away from his mission, ever motivated by the thought of his suffering friend - a friend who had been so kind to him and shielded him from harm when he was even smaller. This is the story of his journey.
I cannot imagine any child or adult not enjoying this book. I am a bit of a lover of animal stories and this ranks very highly amongst my favourites. Beautifully told with gorgeous illustrations, this would be an ideal addition to any child's library. The author skilfully weaves the tale around the importance of friendship and throws in a pretty good plot to boot. We are taken straight into the story and soon introduced to Pibbin's colourful friends, all of which are well enough described for the reader to imagine them, and their boggy environment, even without the illustrations. Pibbin displays tremendous courage in the face of danger and finds out he is a much braver frog than he thought and all because his love for his friend was far greater than his fear of the unknown. A marvellous lesson in courage for children! And the lesson is subtle rather than preachy - which works very well. Gloria Repp has created a story which is faultlessly written, perfectly structured and an ideal fit for the age group it is intended for, though I am quite sure older children will enjoy it just as much. I look forward to reading more of this author's work in the future.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful and Charming Children's Book,
This is a fantastic book for children between the ages of 6 and up.
Pibbin is a small frog, who lives in the Friendship Bog, along with his friends. When his friend Sheera, a turtle, is hurt, Pibbin embarks on a dangerous adventure to help find Sweetberry leaves to heal her injuries.
This is a very charming tale for young children. It is a very well written story that is very exciting. I found Pibbin to be a very sweet character. He may be small, but he is very brave. All the other characters are also well written. The story flowed beautifully, and is engaging enough that children who have short attention spans will be enthralled!
Depending on the child's reading ability, I think this book could be read quite easily by them. There are some beautiful illustrations drawn by Tim Davis that compliment the story, and gives the child a visual representation of the characters in the story.
Gloria Repp is a wonderful author, who's imagination and story telling prowess has captured my attention. I am now looking forward to reading the next book in the Friendship Bog Series.
I recommend this book if you are looking for an adventure story that is exciting, but not too frightening, for your little ones.
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