‘The Perfect Picnic,’ by Ciara Flood

It’s a beautiful summer’s day so Squirrel and Mole decide to go on a picnic. This should be fairly simple, but Squirrel is determined that this will be the Most Perfect Picnic Ever.

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Squirrel and long-suffering Mole may be the best of friends and do everything together, but they couldn’t be more  different. Squirrel wants everything done ‘just so.’

When the picnic has finally been packed to perfection, the pair of friends head off to find a place to dine. They try the meadow – too sunny. They try the corn field – too shady. The bench, a river, a beach – nothing is good enough for demanding Squirrel!

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When they finally do stop, Squirrel makes a terrible discovery!

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This story will help teach young children that things don’t have to be perfect to be fun. And that actually, the most important thing is to be able to enjoy yourself with your friends – perfect or not!

The luminous illustrations ooze warmth and perfectly capture the dreamy feeling of a balmy Summer’s day. I also love the hints of humour woven into them and the subtle nod to Edvard Munch’s ‘The Scream.’

A charming tale about the importance of compromise and considering the feelings of your friends.

The perfect read as we (hopefully) enter picnic season.

I’m off to dig out my picnic hamper…

Library Girl.

*Many thanks to Templar Publishing for sending me this copy to review.*

 

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