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The Suitcase

HMH. Sept. 2020. 32p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780358329602.
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PreS-Gr 1–When a strange new animal arrives carrying nothing but an old suitcase, all the other animals are curious. Can they trust this tired stranger and what he says is in his suitcase? After much debate, they decide to investigate as the stranger sleeps, which leads to an accident and a happy conclusion: The stranger is welcomed to their new home. Naylor has created a short and sweet story that anyone can understand. The words and language are all clear, even color coded to match the animals, so that younger children can follow along. The story is simple while still teaching a valuable lesson. Naylor’s designs truly bring life to the text, while the emotions of all the animals, especially the exhaustion of the stranger, is evident as they work through their feelings and come to understand one another.
VERDICT An accessible, beautiful story of trust and acceptance for every collection.

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