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Albert Le Blanc Paperback – 6 Oct 2003
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Albert Le Blanc is a large, fluffy, white, toy polar bear who appears one day in the window of Mr Jolly's toy shop. He immediately becomes the focus of the other toys' curiosity--because he's the most sad and dejected-looking creature they've ever seen. They decide that Albert has lost his smile and resolve to cheer him up by putting on a show. The toys scramble to work on their party pieces--from Pickle the mouse's disastrous joke-telling to Sally the ballet-loving hippopotamus' funny dance routine (although she thinks it's "beautiful and artistic" and few of the toys would dare to disagree).
Poor Albert is subjected to the show, despite his attempts to protest that he isn't really miserable, it's just the way his face has been made. But it's Sally's dancing finale that has an unexpected outcome for everyone, especially Albert.
Well-loved children's illustrator Nick Butterworth has created a heart-warming story with sparky dialogue and some memorable characters, especially Albert, a study in Gallic nonchalance. Much of the fun lies in spotting the familiar characters that appear as toys in the shop, including Jane Hissey's Old Bear, Martin Handford's Wally and Butterworth's own Percy the Park Keeper. You may or may not also spot the Trumpton fire brigade... depending on your age! Suitable for ages four to seven years. --Alison Drury --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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However, to talk only about the hidden characters would be to diminish the impact of the simple but well-developed story - the apparent sadness of Albert and the comical attempts of the other toys to cheer him up.
Lots here about acceptance and not judging a book by its cover (although this book is great inside and out!), and well-loved by my 3 year old daughter - even if she doesn't know who the Trumpton fire brigade are!
Albert is a very sad looking bear, but never judge a book by its cover.
This story is a fab introduction for children to not assume someone feels just as they look - just because you are not smiling on the outside doesn't mean you are sad. =)
A very inventive story, with some mini cameo appearances from other popular books and TV shows that your children are bound to spot - see how many of them you can find!
There were added surprises in well known characters appearing and we really enjoyed trying to spot them throught the book.
Santa made a very good choice here!
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