FICTION

Hamish Takes the Train

Candlewick. Sept. 2020. 40p. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781536216592.
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PreS-Gr 1–Although Hamish the bear enjoys an idyllic life with his best friend, Noreen the goose, the daily passenger train entices him to travel beyond their country home. Noreen, a patient and supportive friend, encourages Hamish to act on his unrequited dream. Unprepared for the journey, Hamish makes a lucky acquaintance who gives him an opportunity to experience life in the city. Despite these thrills, he misses Noreen. A short train ride allows for a quick reunion that inspires Hamish to further adventure, this time with his friend by his side. A sweet and charming story, this title excels in showing how the best of friends allow each other the space to pursue their own happiness. While initially Hamish and Noreen have different ideas about exploring, neither pushes the other to change. During his city sojourn Hamish often thinks of Noreen, a reminder that no matter the distance between them, she is his true home.
VERDICT For larger picture book collections, the lesson that adventures are always richer when friends are along for the ride never grows old.

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