“I miss my pond,” whispered Stewie the Blue. “And I miss my blue tail.”
What’s a skink on the brink to do?
Stewie the skink loves his blue tail, his pond-side home and making up rhymes, but when his tail starts turning a boring grey, he starts to question who he is. If he can’t be Stewie the Blue anymore, then who is he?
Skink on the Brink by Lisa Dalrymple with illustrations by Suzanne Del Rizzo (Fitzhenry & Whiteside) is a fantastic choice for both the classroom and the at-home library. One of the things I like most about this book is how versatile it is. On the one hand, it’s a fun story about a young skink figuring out who he is, but it is also a story about growing up and dealing with body changes, something that every young reader can (or soon will be able to) relate to. In addition, it teaches readers about this little-known lizard and other endangered species found in the Canadian wilderness.
The other thing I love about Skink on the Brink is the illustrations. Del Rizzo’s plasticine illustrations are bright, lively and incredibly detailed. It boggles my mind that each page is done with plasticine. Wow! Part of the fun is spotting all of the hidden creatures hiding in the scenery.
Another great feature is the “Tell-Me-More” section in the back-matter with facts about skinks and the other animals depicted in the book. Plus, it shows you how to make your own plasticine Stewie.
Skink on the Brink is playful and completely edutaining.
♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ (4/5 hearts)
This book was generously provided by the publisher in exchange for my honest review.