No Place Like Home

Eerdmans. Apr. 2019. 32p. Tr $17. ISBN 9780802855220.
PreS-Gr 1–Polar Bear George is a grump. He dislikes living in the city, where his house feels cramped, and he’s surrounded by crowds. He knows the city isn’t home, “but he had forgotten where home was.” After testing out the jungle (sleeping in trees is no fun), a mountaintop (too high), the desert (too hot), and the sea (too nerve-wracking), George finally comes to “a strange white land.” It’s cold, icy, and perfect. After all his traveling, George is no longer grumpy, because he knows he’s finally home. This gentle story about finding your place relies on simple, direct language and spare illustrations. Nicely textured digital art uses mostly blues and greens and looks appealing up close and from farther away. Illustrations combined with the straightforward plot make this a good book for storytime, and presents opportunities to talk about emotional and physiological feelings, including being hot, thirsty, or scared.
VERDICT A good option for preschool storytime and general purchase.

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