Freddy and Fanny spend their days swimming in a nearby pond. In the evenings, Freddy gets out his autoharp and plays sweet tunes for Fanny.
Fanny wants Freddy to share his music with the other creatures in the forest, but he’s too shy. He plays only for Fanny, safely and quietly inside their tree home.
That changes at the end of the book when Freddy finally plays his autoharp outside where the other creatures can hear him.
The illustrations by Carolina Seth are bright and colorful and very cute.
What I Like: I love the illustrations.
What I Dislike: The text is written in rhyme, and as many of you know by now, I’m not a big fan of books written in verse as they are very difficult to do well. Unfortunately, the rhyme schemes in the text are forced in several places, throwing off the rhythm of the text.
And, although the illustrations are delightful, and the story is a cute one, there is not much conflict or resolution. Freddy is initially too shy to play and sing in public, and that is rectified at the end of the story. However, the resolution is weak.
Overall Rating: Good.
Age Appeal: 4-8.
Publisher Info: Tate Publishing and Enterprises, 2009; ISBN: 9781615665686; Paperback, $11.99.
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