There Is a Tribe of Kids by Lane Smith

 Published by Roaring Brook Press 

Summary:  A boy travels through the world alone.  He starts off with a tribe of kids—goats—then has fun with a colony of penguins and a pod of whales. He climbs on a formation of rocks, then falls down into a pile of rubble. He hangs out with an army of caterpillars, then marvels at a flight of butterflies.  Finally, he finds the tribe of kids…his tribe, and he is no longer alone.  40 pages; grades K-4.

Pros:  There is more than meets the eye to this simple but gorgeously illustrated book by Caldecott honoree Lane Smith.  It’s not a story so much as a meditation on adventure, coming home, and finding where you belong.  And the collective nouns are always fun, as well.

Cons:  Kids may not appreciate this if they hurry through it.  It’s a book that requires a slow, careful look…maybe more than one.

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