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The Bog Baby by Jeanne Willis
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The Bog Baby

by Jeanne Willis

Other authors: Gwen Millward (Illustrator)

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A fantastic tale of wonder and respect for our natural world. ( )
  JoanAxthelm | Aug 4, 2017 |
This is a beautiful story about love. When you love something, sometimes you have to let it go. It's also about being honest to parents. Maybe one day I will find a Bog baby. ( )
  lvalido | Sep 29, 2013 |
This book was truly magical. It shows children how to let go. It may be hard as it is in any day and age, but that was the only way the bog baby could get better. The fact that their children told the parents that the bog babies were everywhere was priceless! ( )
  aalkurd | Sep 1, 2013 |
The Bog Baby by Jeanne Willis and illustrated by Gwen Millward was one of those serendipitous library finds. It had been put on display on the top of the shelves, cover out for the world to see. I had to grab it.

A pair of sisters find a bog baby on their explorations into the nearby woods. It's a little blue blobby creature with fairy wings. They decide to keep it as a pet. Being away from home doesn't agree with the bog baby and he falls ill. Eventually they have to ask for help and fortunately their mother has had her own experience with a bog baby.

The story is perfect for children who have wanted to bring some wild creature home for a pet. It gently teaches the importance of leaving wild creatures to be wild and how difficult it is to provide for them. The book also encourages exploration of children to find (but not capture) their own bog babies.

Gwen Millward's illustrations are the right balance of playful and magical. The bog baby while being obviously made up is still a sympathetic character. ( )
  pussreboots | Aug 4, 2013 |
Two young girls discover a small blue Bog Baby, while fishing for newts in a vernal pond, in this adorable picture-book. Soft and squishy, with boggly eyes and a spiky tail, the gentle creature doesn't struggle when they pick him up, or try to escape, when they take him home and make him their secret pet. The girls love their Bog Baby, and for a time, he seems to thrive in their care. But when he becomes ill - pale, listless, and clearly unhappy - they are faced with a difficult choice: confide in their mother, and alert her to the fact that they were fishing, when they shouldn't have been, or risk the Bog Baby's well-being...

A delightful book that teaches children an important lesson about respecting and valuing wild-life, without trying to domesticate it, The Bog Baby is also an engaging fantasy-type adventure story for the preschool set. The colorful illustrations by Gwen Millward are simply charming, capturing the enchantment of nature, and the magic of the unexpected discovery. The Bog Baby himself is too cute! "Do YOU believe in Bog Babies?" inquires the author, on the rear cover. I know I do, and I'll be on the look-out for his kind, the next time I'm in a bog... ( )
  AbigailAdams26 | Apr 9, 2013 |
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The hopeful expression on the bright blue Bog Baby — a creature that may be found when one is not playing at Annie’s house, as promised — is the main selling point of this charmingly conceived modern fable.
 

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When two small sisters go fishing in a magic pond, they find something much better than a frog or a newt. They find a Bog Baby. Small and blue, with wings like a dragon, the girls decide to take him home with them and keep him a secret.
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