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Saturday, July 25, 2009

Little Beauty (Picture Book)



Released September 2008

www.candlewick.com

Reviewed by Deb Fowler

Once upon a time there was a gorilla who could have anything he wanted because he learned how to ask for things by signing to his keepers. He could even get a mug of coffee or cocoa to go with his burger if he felt like it. He would sit in his flowery chair, remote in hand, watching television, but something was missing and it wasn't relish on his hamburger. His lips were turned down and his eyes were sad. He knew exactly what he wanted and "he signed to his keepers, "I ... want ... a friend." Hmmmm, were they going to be able to help him?

One of them had an idea and soon a little kitten named "Beauty" was placed in his hands and he was told not to "eat her." He fed her, he cuddled her, he pampered her and they loved each other. "They did everything together" and when he piddled on his potty she piddled in her kitty litter box. One night they were watching King Kong dragging Fay Wray up the Empire State Building and he got so mad he smashed the television set. The keepers ran in and were going to take Beauty away. What would he do without her?

This is a heartwarming tale of friendship and love. The art work is beautiful and brings out the emotional aspects of the story. This story is obviously reminiscent of the famous Koko and her kitten and just as charming. This is a tale that will appeal both the children and adults alike!

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