‘Herman's Letter’ made by Tom Percival brings a beautiful story for the youngest readers that speaks about the power of everlasting friendship.
Herman the Bear and Henry the Raccoon are the best friends ever since they know each for the other - growing up together, these two spent all the time together playing and exploring world around them. But one day Henry will have to move away which would made them both very sad.
Still two friends agreed they will write letters each day to stay in touch, trying everything to be as close as it was before when they were spending days together. Henry will keep his promise, writing about everything what is happening in his new environment, new friends he met, even the weather, but there was no Herman's letter.
Herman didn't know about what to write because life without Henry was boring, he was lonely and sad, even the rain was pouring constantly. He became even jealous that Henry will forget about him. And then letter arrived, Henry writing that he misses his friend and Herman wanted to write back. But to his surprise post office is closed for the winter, therefore Herman will need to think quick about some other way of delivering message to his old friend…
This is first Tom Percival book I read, though for sure will not be the last given how well-made and charming ‘Herman's Letter’ book is. The author delivered an interesting story about friendship in which many children around the world will recognize their situation – separation from the best friend.
Beside beautiful story and good lesson it brought, this children book is complemented with cartoon-like, detailed, multicolored and cheerful illustrations. Also, as nice add-on, the additional interactive content was provided – real letters presented in an entertaining lift-the-flaps style which will intrigue young reader and keep kid engaged in the story.
Therefore, taking into account nice and motivating story, beautiful artwork and interactive content, ‘Herman's Letter’ is certainly picture book that can highly be recommended equally for all the elements that make some book for children great.
on 3 October 2013
Herman's Letter is a really lovely book. I have to admit that I read it as soon as it came through the post, I couldn't wait for my children to come home from school!
The illustration is just beautiful as with all of Tom Percival's books, but it's also very different style from is other books. The story is a little sad, but with a really happy ending. Our family has just moved to London from Luxembourg so it was particularly fitting for my children. My youngest son asked if I could send a copy to his friend he had left behind. I always like to read my children books that have meanings and it's especially nice when they understand them.
on 6 May 2014
Both my boys (2 and 5) love this book. The illustrations are excellent, and Tom Percival gets the tone just right with the story too. The flap letters are very popular with the boys, and the attention to detail in the illustrations and the letters is superb. Thoroughly recommended for a wide range of ages. Just a lovely, lovely book.