Sunday, April 21, 2019

Leyla by Galia Bernstein

Leyla is a baby monkey.  She's a bit of an introvert though and her big family intimidates her.  One day she gets mad enough to run away...

Abrams Young Readers sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published May 21st.

Leyla runs until she can't hear them any more and then goes on to a clearing.  She's alone.  There's no one there and no one to check on her or feed her or anything.  Then she notices a lizard.  She had stumbled over a rock and hurt her foot so she asked him it he would kiss it to make it better, but he said he was busy.  She asked busy doing what since he was just sitting there.  He said he was busy doing nothing and then shows her how.  It's relaxing and renewing for her.  When she's done doing nothing, she goes back home.  So many monkeys there kiss her foot, they almost lose her!  But now she knows how to draw within herself and get some rest.  She can even go to the forest if she needs to for peace and quiet.

The illustrations are great.  Leyla is quite a character and all the animals are nice.  This would make a good bedtime story for young ones.

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