At the Pond by Geraldo Valerio

At the Pond

At the Pond by Geraldo Valério; illustrated by Geraldo Valério. 2020. Graphite pencil, color pencil, acrylic paint, latex pain, color markers, and a little bit of gouache paint. Published by Groundwood Books.

Brief summary: A boy walks his dog on a chain leash in the woods to the pond of swans.  The boy rides on the back of one of the swans. The pond is full of birds and other animals with beautiful flowers growing on the shore.

The boy takes off the dog’s leash so it could play with the butterflies. The little boy puts it around the neck of the swan instead which causes the pond to turn gray and all of the swans to fly away.

The boy takes off the chain and drops it into the pond which brings all of the colors and animals back to the pond.

Comments: A simple but excellent story without words for children to learn about the respect and empathy of Mother Nature’s animals.  Using the bright colors to symbolize happiness and the black and white section to equal imprisonment and unhappiness helps readers understand the story.

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