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Today’s book review is for Little Robin Red Vest by Jan Fearnley. The book was published on 3rd October 2019 by Nosy Crow and it can be purchased on Amazon*.
One frosty evening, a week before Christmas, Little Robin washes and irons seven warm vests for the chilly nights to come. As the days go by, he comes across lots of shivering animals and kindly offers them his vests to wear. But – oh no! – on Christmas Eve, Little Robin is cold and alone with no vests left! That is, until a special someone arrives to reward his kindness . . .
Just before Christmas, a little robin was getting himself ready and sorting out his clothes for the cold weather. Little Robin lays out his collection of colourful vests so he’s prepared for the week ahead. To start with, it was nice to see a male character having something to do with clothes. I know this is a practical thing but you hardly ever see this in books.
While Little Robin is out and about he comes across other animals that are struggling with the cold weather. Instead of keeping the vests for himself, Little Robin shares them out to make sure that everyone else is okay and that they will be safe and warm. The story really helps to teach children about kindness and thinking about others even if it means putting them before first.
Over the course of the story Little Robin eventually gets to his last vest but gives it to a mouse who really needs it, even knowing that means he won’t have any left for himself. I really love how this book helps to teach children about so many different things in such a beautiful way. The winter setting makes it easy for children to understand the cold weather and why some people (animals in this case) might not have as much as others.
We have a really nice collection of festive themed book and I always try to find ones that are different from the others we own. Little Robin Red Vest is exactly that and it’s a really lovely book to read at any time of the year.
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