Tuesday, January 3, 2017

HENRY & LEO by Pamela Zagarenski.  Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016.  32p.  ISBN 978-054464811-1 hc. $17.99    Pres-Gr.2    E PIC

Who can say what makes a toy special?  Henry received a stuffed lion named Leo on his second birthday, and they've been close companions ever since.  One day, after a walk in the woods, Leo went missing.  The whole family searched inside and out, but Leo was not found.  Zagarenski, who just happens to be a Caldecott Honor artist, creates majestic, textured, full-page illustrations that show the forest animals finding Leo and carrying him home to his front yard.  Henry and his family are overjoyed to reunite Henry and his favorite toy, wondering how they could have missed Leo last night when they searched the very spot where he was found.  There's a little magic and mystery in the pages of this book.
Lynette Suckow, Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI

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