Peter and his father are moving to a new house beyond the dark unfriendly woods. When they arrive at their new home, Peter wants to turn back. Fortunately, he has Harold for company, but Harold is just a dog and can't help Peter. Scared of the things hidden in the woods, Peter makes a tall pile of pillows.Read more...
Peter and his father are moving to a new house beyond the dark unfriendly woods. When they arrive at their new home, Peter wants to turn back. Fortunately, he has Harold for company, but Harold is just a dog and can't help Peter. Scared of the things hidden in the woods, Peter makes a tall pile of pillows. He stiches and sews. He pushes and pulls. And when he is done, he has Lenny, Guardian of the Bridge, to protect him and Harold.
Lenny is a good guard but Peter worries that Lenny will get lonely out by the woods all by himself, so he makes Lucy, who is a good friend. Together, Lenny, Lucy, Peter, and Harold discover that this new place isn't so scary after all.
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- ISBN-13: 9781596439320
- ISBN-10: 1596439327
- Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
- Publish Date: October 2015
- Page Count: 40
- Reading Level: Ages 4-7
- Dimensions: 8.6 x 9.5 x 0.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.95 pounds
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2015-06-29
- Reviewer: Staff
Peter’s new house is surrounded by dark woods, and he spends a long night worrying about what’s out there. The next morning he gets to work, making a guardian out of blankets and cushions. Peter names his lumpy guardian Lenny and seats him at the house’s wooden bridge, where he can keep the woods “on the other side where they belong.” Concerned that Lenny might be lonely, he makes him a companion, Lucy. Readers watch as Lenny and Lucy take on life in Peter’s mind, becoming the slow-moving, benevolent grandparents that he needs. (Peter’s father is perfectly nice, but preoccupied.) When a brown-skinned girl named Millie appears—she has a plaid skirt, binoculars, and a better attitude toward the woods—Lenny tips his hat and Lucy glows; it’s clear that things are looking up. Erin Stead uses faded grays for the alien forest and warm, quiet color for the story’s living souls. What stands out is the Steads’ (Bear Has a Story to Tell) ability to evoke the wordless intimacy and companionship that every child needs—and will make for themselves, if necessary. Ages 3–7. Agent: Emily van Beek, Folio Literary Management. (Oct.)