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Colette's Lost Pet

by Isabelle Arsenault

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Unhappy that she is not allowed to have a pet, and unsure of her welcome in her new neighborhood, Colette finds herself telling a bit of a fib about a lost pet parakeet when she unexpectedly encounters two boys from next door. Immediately concerned, they offer to help her find the lost bird, and the story grows in the telling as each new neighbor child is involved in the search. What will the kids do when they discover that Colette has made her lost pet up...?

Published simultaneously in Canada and the USA, Colette's Lost Pet is a sweet little book, one that addresses issues of isolation and inclusion, when moving to a new neighborhood, as well as the role of the imagination in make-believe play. I thought that the conclusion of the tale, in which Colette's new friends assume that they have been playing a game all along, was rather fortuitous, but leaving that aside, the story here rang true. The artwork, done in pencil, watercolor and ink, is charming, with Colette's yellow rain coat providing one of the few notes of color, and thereby making her the center of each panel. Recommended to fellow Isabel Arsenault fans, and to anyone looking for children's stories addressing the themes of fitting in with a new social circle, and using the imagination in one's play. ( )
  AbigailAdams26 | May 23, 2017 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0553536591, Hardcover)

Colette can't find something to talk about with the new kids in the neighborhood...so she invents a pet! Her fib quickly escalates, and suddenly her parakeet is a larger-than-life world-traveler named Marie Antoinette. Have her new friends figured out her secret? What will they do?

This charming story both clearly identifies the struggle of navigating a different experience, and demonstrates to kids a lovely and welcoming way to treat someone new in their community.

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