Shelter by CÉLINE ClaireShelter by CÉLINE Claire


byCÉLINE ClaireIllustratorQin Leng

Picture Books | October 3, 2017

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As a big storm approaches, two strangers arrive in the forest. All the animal families, safe in their homes, are worried. They wonder, ?What are they doing there? What do they want?? So, as the pair knocks at the door of one home after another asking for shelter, all the animals turn them away, leaving them to fend for themselves. But then an accident suddenly forces the fox family out into the snow and the wind, and the foxes find they must ask these outsiders for help. Will they find it in their hearts to give it?

Céline Claire's heartwarming picture book story delivers a timeless and timely message about the importance of kindness and generosity. With simple and evocative language, it explores how even small gestures can make a big difference to the strangers or outsiders in a community. Artist Qin Leng uses a warm, soft palette in her ink and watercolor illustrations creating a charming and inviting visual narrative that is perfect for young children. This book provides a wonderful opportunity for discussions about being welcoming and helping others in need, including how children can put this into practice by reaching out to the ?new kid? or the one who seems different. It also works well for character education lessons on kindness, caring and empathy.
Ce?line Claire is the author of many books published for children and young readers. Ce?line lives in a small village in France with her family.Qin Leng was born in Shanghai, China, and later moved to France and then Montreal, Canada. She now lives in Toronto, Canada, with her twin sister and works as a designer and illustrator. Her bo...
Title:ShelterFormat:Picture BooksProduct dimensions:42 pages, 11.25 × 8.75 × 0.5 inShipping dimensions:11.25 × 8.75 × 0.5 inPublished:October 3, 2017Publisher:Kids Can PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1771389273

ISBN - 13:9781771389273

Appropriate for ages: 3


Rated 4 out of 5 by from A great example of helping those in need. The beautiful illustrations in this book have a Winnie the Pooh feel. As the woodland animals prepare for a storm they find two strangers stuck out in the cold. But when the strangers ask for help no one is willing to share. Finally fox shares a lantern. With light and the discovery of a small shelter the strangers then offer hospitality to the fox family whose den has collapsed. A wonderful way to teach young readers about charity, generosity and kindness.
Date published: 2017-08-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Reciprocity - empathy, compassion and generosity This heartwarming book is the epitome of how those seeking solace from a huge storm should be treated. It highlights the vital importance of practising kindness, generosity and hospitality to those seeking a safe haven from peril. A small community of animals are preparing for a huge winter storm that is blowing into their midst. They gather wood and store up food to ensure their families will be protected from the harsh tempest. They seal off their homes and hunker down safe and warm while the raging storm blows furiously outside. Two bears that are strangers to the area residents are passing through and come knocking on doors seeking shelter and some comfort food until the storm passes. They come offering tea for their admittance in hope that some generous animal will open up their doors for them and let them come in and abide a while. "The wind is cold. In exchange for some tea, could we warm ourselves by your fire?" Alas, no one will allow them entry even though each family is snug and comfortable inside their hovels. The bears must move on and finally out of desperation they decide to create their own make-shift, temporary shelter to shield them from the raging elements swirling all around them. The fox family experiences a disaster in their den and now it's their turn to go out into the wicked storm and try to seek help from the others. They see a light up ahead and can smell the scent of ginger and cinnamon..... mmmmmm! "The wind is cold and the night is dark. In exchange for some cookies, would you share your shelter with us?' Who do you suppose the animals were that reached out to this devastated family in their desperate time of need and welcomed them warmly into their abode? I think you can guess right? This is a sweet story that has a wonderful life lesson to proclaim. Its message is simple and clear... take a risk, reach out to those in need and be kind and generous to them. The principal of reciprocity rings true - we pay back what we receive from others, in other words, if John does you a favour, you're likely to return it to him. What goes around comes around is another way of putting it. The illustrator uses warm soft colours to visually tell the tale. The ink and watercolour illustrations are perfect for the narrative. I highly recommend this book.
Date published: 2017-06-07

Editorial Reviews

... a beautiful tale that reads like a fable to teach giving and kindness ...-Kirkus Reviews, starred review