Edmond, The Thing

Edmond, The Thing


Written by Astrid Desbordes
Illustrated by Marc Boutavant
Translated from French by Claudia Zoe Bedrick

One day while sitting in the woods, Edmond and George Owl encounter a terrifying, glossy haired, beak mouthed Thing! They have never seen this Thing before—it must be dangerous. Terrified, they run to take cover in Edmond's house. But with the help of some fortifying green cookies and an excellent disguise, they come to understand that the Thing is not so terrifying after all.

Edmond, The Thing is a charming and vibrant story about friendship and learning to accept and understand the unfamiliar.

ISBN: 978-1-59270-217-6
8.88" (W) x 10.63" (H) • 32 pages • HCJ

Grade Level: 2
Interest Level: Pre-K-4
Lexile Level: 550
Guided Reading Level: K

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"The arrival of a stranger—'The Thing'—rolls the placid waters of Edmond the Squirrel and George Owl's day. This kid-sized narrative touches on Ryszard Kapuscynski's notion of 'the Other.' ...Desbordes does not soften the unfortunate turns of xenophobia." —Kirkus Reviews

"An impressively original and wonderfully entertaining picture book tale for children ages 4 to 8, Edmond, The Thing is the collaborative effort of author Astrid Desbordes and illustrator Marc Boutavant. Certain to be an enduringly popular addition to family, daycare center, preschool, elementary school, and community library picture book collections, Edmond, The Thing is unreservedly and enthusiastically recommended!" —The Midwest Book Review

“I was initially drawn to the bright and fun illustrations… They are so beautiful, and the story itself is perhaps even better. …Kindness and acceptance can change the world—and so can our kids. This is such a great book to share with your little book lovers.” —Dotters Books (Eau Claire, WI)

“I get really excited about books that do a great job with helping to teach my children empathy and acceptance. I really want to raise kind humans and these books help tremendously. Plus, I get excited about Edmond the squirrel because he is just so sweet and likable.” —Clarissa, Book Nerd Mommy


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