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2009 Award
( by Margaret Wild/ illus. by Julie Vivas, Feiwel & Friends $16.99 Score: )

Coming of age stories are usually the passion of teens, yet this moving story of a baby Puffin growing toward independence speaks to a universal tug of the heart...the eager and yet sometimes scary process of holding on and letting go. Every day the little Puffin asks if he is ready to leave the burrow and go out into the world. His loving parents assure him that he will be ready soon. Meanwhile, they give him all that he needs, including love and assurance that he is getting there. It is about independence and dependence and how we carry those bonds with us even when we leap from the protective past into the unknown future. Told in lyrical prose with delicate pastels and watercolors, a memorable picture book for all ages. Bring tissues.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Review Published: Click here to purchase the product on

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