Boy

Boy

by James Mayhew
     
 

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A little cave boy wakes up in his cold cave and wishes he were warm. The warmest place for Boy is in bed with his mother and father, but he doesn't want to share. Instead, he wants to find a warm place all for himself!So Boy goes off exploring the world outside his cave. But the spaces of warmth Boy finds all belong to creatures who are unwilling to share with him! As… See more details below

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A little cave boy wakes up in his cold cave and wishes he were warm. The warmest place for Boy is in bed with his mother and father, but he doesn't want to share. Instead, he wants to find a warm place all for himself!So Boy goes off exploring the world outside his cave. But the spaces of warmth Boy finds all belong to creatures who are unwilling to share with him! As Boy wanders on, he soon learns that where he truly belongs is with his own family---in a circle of warmth, safety, and love.

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Children's Literature
It was cold in the cave when Boy awakened. "Where's warm?" he asked. His parents invited him to join them, but Boy did not want to share their space. He went outside looking for a warm place of his own. It was a cloudy day. Boy could not see the sun. He was colder than he had been in the cave. He walked through the forest and found a leafy green tree to sit in. He was warm and comfortable until a saber-toothed tiger told him to get out of his place. Boy ran off into the tall yellow grass and leaned against a pillar, which turned out to be a woolly mammoth. He found a patch sunshine hitting some rocks and basked in their warmth, but a sleepy dinosaur appeared and told him to be on his way. He ran until he reached a warm place on the sand where he fell asleep. Suddenly the ground began to shake and the sky was filled with smoke. It was too warm for Boy. It was a volcano! Boy ran back to his cave as quickly as he could. He crawled into bed with his ma and pa. There was just enough room. Large, colorful pictures cover most of the space on the pages. A young boy dressed only in a fur loin cloth is shown as very small in contrast to the large animals and expansive landscapes. A nice read aloud about the value of sharing. 2004, The Chicken House/Scholastic, Ages 3 to 7.
—Phyllis Kennemer, Ph.D.
Kirkus Reviews
A prehistoric boy leaves his cave in search of warmth and discovers there's no cave like his own. When Boy awakes in the cold morning of his home cave, his parents invite him to share their blankets. Boy doesn't want to share and heads into the Stone Age landscape to find his own warm place. His search leads to a tree branch in a warm forest, but the resident saber-toothed tiger refuses to share. Boy moves on to warm grass, but the local woolly mammoth chases him away. Next, Boy finds warm red rocks, but the inhabiting dinosaur ejects him. Then Boy locates a warm mountain that turns into a hot volcano that sends him racing home, happy to share his parent's blankets. Simple text and marvelous illustrations reminiscent of prehistoric cave paintings showcase Boy's diminutive, solitary figure against a vast, empty world. Perfect for young adventurers about to enter their own brave new worlds. (Picture book. 5-7)
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"A gentle lesson in learning to share."  —School Library Journal

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780439651066
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
10/28/2004
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
10.06(w) x 10.08(h) x 0.37(d)
Age Range:
3 - 5 Years

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