A gorgeously illustrated prehistoric fable about a curious boy and the world around him
Boy woke up.
It was cold in the cave.
"Where's warm?" said boy.
"With us," said Ma and Pa.
But boy thinks he knows better. He wants a warm and cozy place to...

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A gorgeously illustrated prehistoric fable about a curious boy and the world around him
Boy woke up.
It was cold in the cave.
"Where's warm?" said boy.
"With us," said Ma and Pa.
But boy thinks he knows better. He wants a warm and cozy place to sleep, but he doesn't want to share it with anyone else. So he goes off exploring, looking for the perfect place that is all his own, but in a world full of woolly mammoths, saber-toothed tigers, and dinosaurs, how will Boy find the one place that's just right for him? This beautifully illustrated story about the joys of exploring alone, and of sharing together and enjoying the comforts of home is just right for sharing at bedtime.

After encountering a variety of animals in his search for a warm place, a boy living in prehistoric times returns to the warmth of his parents' cave.

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Editorial Reviews

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"A gentle lesson in learning to share."  —School Library Journal
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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781408314098
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 6/1/2012
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,302,417
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.70 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

James Mayhew is a children's author and illustrator whose books include Can You See a Little Bear, Katie in London, Katie and the Spanish Princess, Katie Meets the Impressionists, The Knight Who Took All Day, and Who Wants a Dragon? He received the New York Times award for one of the 10 best-illustrated books of the year for The Boy and the Cloth of Dreams.

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