Rating: 1-5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review) 4
Genre: Picture Book
What did you like about the book? This is a very cute story featuring Hillenbrand’s woodland characters, Bear, Mole and Skunk. On Market Day, the three friends set up a booth. Bear is selling blueberries and lots of customers are buying. But no one seems to want Mole’s worms or Skunk’s perfume. Mole and Skunk decide to “buy” from each other and pass the same dime back and forth all day. At the end of the day they realize that all they earned was that single dime. Bear saves the day when he uses his money to purchase ice cream for the three of them and he even has some leftover blueberries to top it off. The illustrations are full of fun and lots of expression, especially when one looks at the customer’s in front of Mole and Skunk’s booth covered in a yellow miasma of perfume. A wonderful story of friendship.
Anything you didn’t like about it? No
To whom would you recommend this book? Fans of Hillenbrand’s books will love this new addition. This would fit perfectly in a story time about friendship. This could also be an introduction to money and commerce for the youngest children.
Who should buy this book? Public libraries
Where would you shelve it? Picture Books
Should we (librarians/readers) put this at the top of our “to read” piles? No
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA
Date of review: 10/3 /15