At the pond

by Valério, Geraldo, 1970-

Format: Print Book 2020
Availability: Available at 8 Libraries 8 of 8 copies
Available (8)
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Bethel Park Public Library Picture Books PB VALERIO Geraldo
Location  Bethel Park Public Library
Collection  Picture Books
Call Number  PB VALERIO Geraldo
Monroeville Public Library Juvenile Picture Books J E VALERIO
Location  Monroeville Public Library
Collection  Juvenile Picture Books
Call Number  J E VALERIO
Mt. Lebanon Public Library Children's Picture Books j Ea VALERIO Geraldo
Location  Mt. Lebanon Public Library
Collection  Children's Picture Books
Call Number  j Ea VALERIO Geraldo
Northern Tier Regional Library Picture Book J PB VALER
Location  Northern Tier Regional Library
Collection  Picture Book
Call Number  J PB VALER
Northland Public Library Children's Picture Books J PIC VALERIO
Location  Northland Public Library
Collection  Children's Picture Books
Call Number  J PIC VALERIO
Sewickley Public Library Juvenile Picture Books J E VAL
Location  Sewickley Public Library
Collection  Juvenile Picture Books
Call Number  J E VAL
Shaler North Hills Library Juvenile Picture Book j PICT BK VALERIO
Location  Shaler North Hills Library
Collection  Juvenile Picture Book
Call Number  j PICT BK VALERIO
Western Allegheny Community Library Picture Book JP PIC VALERIO
Location  Western Allegheny Community Library
Collection  Picture Book

Geraldo Valério looks at the nature of true friendship and love in a stunning new wordless picture book.

On a dull gray day, a boy puts his dog on a leash and they walk to a shimmering pond where snowy white swans swim freely. One of the swans invites the boy and dog for a ride. They climb on its back and sail into a stunningly beautiful landscape, dotted with wildflowers, spoonbills and ibises. Foxes, rabbits and deer appear in this paradise, then butterflies and even bigger, more beautiful flowers. The boy unleashes his dog on shore, and the dog bounds off to play.

Now the boy wraps his arms around the swan's neck -- he has a new friend. But when he puts the leash on the swan, the sky turns stormy gray, the water becomes turbulent, and the other swans fly away. Both the boy and swan are miserable, until the boy realizes he must free his friend. When he drops the leash into the pond, warm color fills their world and they return to where the boy's dog happily awaits him.

Geraldo Valério, a master of wordless picture books, explores the nature of true friendship and love in his newest creation.

Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:

Explain how specific aspects of a text's illustrations contribute to what is conveyed by the words in a story (e.g., create mood, emphasize aspects of a character or setting)

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "This wordless story begins in a cottage in the dark woods, where a little white dog sporting a yellow leash waits to take a walk with a child. As they walk, they see a beautiful blue pond replete with a flock of swimming birds. One swan invites the boy and his dog to climb on its back for a ride. More colors emerge as bright pink flamingos populate the grassy edge, and orange foxes, yellow rabbits, brown deer, and dazzling flowers appear. It's time to take off the dog's collar so it can chase the butterflies. But when the boy attaches the leash to the swan, the colors begin to fade back to blacks and grays. The teary-eyed boy realizes he must release it and wave goodbye as the birds fly away. Full-bleed double-page complex illustrations move the story from monotones to brilliant colors, creating a magical world of joy. It's a clever way to allow readers to interpret meaning for themselves and to appreciate the beauty in the natural world.--Lolly Gepson Copyright 2020 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Valerio (Friends) opens this wordless book with a bleak scene rendered in brown and gray. A tiny house sits in a grayscale forest; a dog is tied up outside, its bright yellow collar and chain the only spots of color. When a round-headed boy, also in gray, emerges to walk the dog, the sky suddenly shimmers with shades of bright blue, and the landscape around them transforms into a tropical-colored fantasyland overflowing with friendly dragonflies, rabbits, foxes, deer, and swans. One swan beckons the boy and dog to climb on its back, but when the child removes the hound's yellow collar and puts it on the swan, the scene turns dark and stormy, and the other birds flee, the interspecies bonding breached. The boy apologizes, ditches the collar, and the world is colorful and bright again. It's possible to be both intrigued by the ambiguous story and confused by its narrative murkiness, but with a little nudging, it may spark discussion about people's complex relationships with pets and with animals in the natural world. Ages 3--7. (Mar.)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Swans -- Juvenile fiction.
Friendship -- Juvenile fiction.
Swans -- Fiction.
Friendship -- Fiction.
Stories without words.
Wordless picture books.
Publisher Toronto :Groundwood Books/House of Anansi Press,2020
Language English
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
ISBN 9781773062327
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