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Volume VI Number 9 . . . . January 7, 2000
When I get out of school I head straight for my camp. I follow the path deep into the forest. The forest is dark but I'm never afraid.Author Bernice Gold and illustrator Joanne Stanbridge have done an admirable job working through the interesting gimmick of this story. Like many other children in Canada today, a little latch-key boy goes home alone to his apartment after school. The story tells how he overcomes his loneliness with his imagination supplying him with four lion friends. The gimmick is that the left hand pages show the actual happening - eg. walking home alone from school, while the right hand page pictures the child walking into the forest of his imagination. Children will delight in the story, and it might also serve a very useful purpose in encouraging other latch-key kids to invent their own imaginary friends. A happy ending shows the boy's mother arriving home with a hug for her son and an unmistakable pizza box which suggests a favourite supper in the offing.
Joan Payzant is a former teacher-librarian of Dartmouth, N.S.
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