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Blue & Bertie


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Litten(Bike On, Bear!) delivers a deceptively simple story that celebratesindividuality, acceptance, and friendship. Bertie and his fellow giraffes--withtheir long necks and rounded bodies, they almost look like a row of eighthnotes or soup ladles as they nibble leaves from tall trees--follow the sameschedule every day. Having overslept one morning, Bertie wakes up alone andlost, fretting about how he'll find his herd, until he encounters a giraffe"who was just like him--except he was blue!" (Bertie and his brethren are yellow.)As they travel together, Blue shows Bertie a world of vivid flowers, unfamiliarbirds, and a rushing herd of zebras, sights he's never seen before. AfterBertie rejoins his herd, Blue (who fears he won't belong) is instead accepted"just the way he was." Closing scenes that show the giraffes amid the colorfulbirds and flowers Bertie previously discovered underscore Litten's messageabout the value of breaking outside of one's comfort zone--and getting to knowpeople who don't look exactly like you. Ages 4-8.--Publishers Weekly "March 28, 2016 "
Bertie the giraffe has a predictable but happy life. Each day he and his herd nibble leaves from trees (

crunchity-crunch), drink from the watering hole (sip, slurp), and curl up for a nap (snore, snore). One day,

though, Bertie oversleeps and wakes up to find his herd has moved on without him. Lost and alone, Bertie

wanders through some woods where he encounters another giraffe--"just like him, only he is blue."

Acting as guide, Blue leads Bertie through the wilderness back to his herd, pointing out many wonders

along the way--a beautiful flower, galloping zebras, colorful birds. Bertie is amazed by it all and invites

his new friend to join the herd. Not only do they accept Blue, their lives are made better by all the new

things Blue has to share. Litten's sweet illustrations make good use of white space and vibrant color, and

the giraffes' faces are wonderfully expressive. Aside from offering a satisfying friendship story, this book

celebrates differences and shows how enriching diversity can be.--Booklist online "May 18, 2016 "

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