The Snuggly

illus. by Milan Pavlovic. 32p. Groundwood. Apr. 2018. Tr $16.95. ISBN 9781554989010.
PreS-Gr 1—The birth of a new baby brings new emotions as well as new contraptions. On the day that Todd's new sibling arrived home, Papa also brought a "snuggly" (better known as an infant carrier) to wear to help keep baby Ada close and safe. Papa teaches Todd how to use a snuggly with his teddy bear, Banjo Bear. One day, Papa is leaving for work and Mama is busy tending to Ada, and Todd decides that no one would mind if he takes the snuggly to school with Banjo Bear inside. During his short walk to school, Todd encounters numerous friends who ask what he's wearing. Todd replies, "It's a snuggly. It keeps things close and safe." Upon hearing that, each friend gives Todd something to hold for them. More and more items are added to the snuggly until finally the it bursts—and so does Todd's emotions. Luckily, his teacher fixes the straps and provides some emotional support for the new big brother. A vivid palette of watercolor artwork complements the text by directly reflecting the actions and emotions of the characters.
VERDICT A charming tale and a solid addition for one-on-one and small group sharing.

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