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Come Again, Pelican is a lovely story of a boy and his friendship with a Pelican he meets every time his family visits the beautiful spot by the ocean in their trailer. Illustrations are really good and so is the unusual friendship between Ty and the Pelican.

I didn't know this was published in 1961 until I saw it mentioned in one of the reviews and this is a rerelease. There is also message of being kind to animals, friendship with animal, and adventure in nature.

This was really sweet read with delightful surprise and lovely touching ending.

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A classic! Absolutely love the art in this book and the cute story. It's the perfect book to read to your littles as summer approaches .

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Beautiful restoration of Don Freeman's illustrations to accompany the rerelease of this 1961 summer tale. Simple story which portrays themes of a child's independence and goal, and one's connection to nature and the world around him. With summer upon us, there couldn't be a better time to pick up a copy and share with a new generation.

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"Come Again, Pelican" by Don Freeman is a beautifully illustrated classic picture book, set on the high, rolling sand dunes on a windswept beach. It is the charming story of a Pelican and a dear little boy named Ty. The colorful, eye-catching pages create the gusty ambience of a windswept beach, with sandpipers digging for sand crabs. It brings you close to the heart of nature, set deep within the heart of a book. It is full of space, with the display of light on sky and sea delightfully captured in fascinating color. This classic picture book celebrates a child’s deep bond with the natural world. The white sand dunes by the ocean, and the shining colors of sky and sea tell the delightful story of the ocean's tidal waves and their impact on one excited little fisherboy in the delightful company of nature's best fisher pelican. The story is told with simplicity, humor, and originality. The inspiring illustrations and original artwork blend into the text to make every little child's dream come true. Get your own copy quickly!

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I'm so glad this fun book has been reissued to enchant a whole new audience. It's a sweet, simple tale of a boy who goes fishing, and comes home with a deeper understanding of the world around him. Freeman's illustrations are gorgeous. He captures both the lovely seascapes, and the endearing facial expressions of his main character.

This one is a treat for all ages.

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Don Freeman, creator of the beloved Corduroy books, first published Come Again, Pelican in 1961 and it has been re-released May 2024. Seeing the cover was enough for me to know that I would absolutely adore this book. Each page of softly blended colors and child-like simplicity will capture and keep the attention of youngsters. They may even be inspired to copy some of the art.

A little boy named Ty is camping with his parents (their annual holiday) and he is excited to head out to fish. He greets his pelican friend and together they spend the day fishing (Ty learns a bit about the tides as well.) Children learn about helping one another, friendship, and the pure magic of summer adventures!

To learn more about Don Freeman, his background, and other books that he wrote, check out his author website managed by his son, Roy. I highly recommend Come Again, Pelican. It's the perfect summer read aloud for the adventurous child.

Disclaimer: I received a free digital copy of Come Again, Pelican from NetGalley for the purpose of review. No other compensation was received.

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Love, love, loved this simple and sweet story about a boy gone fishing and his pal, the pelican. They have quite an adventure and reading all about it makes you smile right from the start. Plus, the illustrations are terrific and provide a vintage feel to the story. I really enjoyed reading about Ty and his pelican friend. Don Freeman, author of Corduroy, wrote a classic with this story. Such a sweet treat for children and adults to read.

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A sweet and enchanting children's story by the author of the beloved Corduroy books. Pelican is a story about a boy and a pelican, but it's about more. It's about how acts of kindness can cause ripple effects. It's also about respecting all of nature and God's creatures and the bond that every living thing on earth shares. The illustrations are lovely too. It's definitely a book to read and reread with a story that can be enjoyed by kids of all ages.

I received an advance review copy of this book for free and am leaving this review voluntarily.

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Don Freeman's 'Come Again, Pelican' is about a boy named Ty and his family who spend the summer camping on a beach in their trailer. Ty is now old enough to go fishing on his own. Every summer, Ty wonders if the old pelican will still be there. Ty puts on his new red boots, grabs his fishing pole and pail and heads to the ocean. He is delighted to see the pelican. In order to see the fish, Ty takes off his boots and climbs up one of the posts, just like the pelican. In the midst of catching fish, the boy does not realize that the tide is rolling in. Upon coming in, it sweeps his boots into the ocean. He catches one with his fishing pole and one disappears from reach. The minute his father calls him for dinner, he knows he will not be happy that he lost one of his new boots. But...

My favorite part of this book is how it ends. Don Freeman has written the best-selling book 'Corduroy', which has been loved by millions. I am sure you will fall in love with this book as well if you haven't already read it. I absolutely love the illustrations. This is a book everyone should have on their bookshelf.

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This charming picture book, from the creator of the children's classic Corduroy"Corderoy" is a sweet tale of a young boy and the nature that surrounds him. When he returns to the beach for their family's annual camping trip, he can't wait to try catching his first fish, and he hopes to see the friendly pelican. This sweet story shows him leaving his boots on the shore while he sits on a post from an old pier. Unaware of the rising tide, his boots float away. He and his friend end up trading their catch! The art is charming and new readers will enjoy this newly restored classic.

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I loved Corduroy so much, so I was so excited to see this new [to me] book by Don Freeman as an ARC. I had no idea this was originally published in 1961!! How lovely that a new generation is going to get a restored edition to enjoy!

This is a lovely, sweet book about red boots, fishing , and unexpected friendships [and that is all you need to know going into this delightful story] and will bring smiles from the very first page.

With gorgeous watercolor illustrations, this is just a fantastic feel-good read that the whole family will love and will want to revisit over and over again.

Thank you to NetGalley, Don Freeman, and Plough Publishing House for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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A welcome reprint for this quaint little charmer – Ty is a young fisherman whose parents always lodge their caravan on the same dunes each year, but this year is different – the lad is going to actually land a fish for the first time. Rod and bucket in hand he greets the same (?) stately pelican as he met the previous year, and tries to gain some of the bird's knowledge. It doesn't exactly come to plan, though – for either of them...

Yes, this is showing its vintage a bit now, but not in any bad ways, leaving all the benefits to shine. The moral is obvious and light, the comedy the same, the twist ending (if you need to call it that) a very warm-hearted one. Principally I think the strength is in the visuals – coloured pencil or whatever was responsible was used very well indeed, giving character to the lad, speed to the sandpipers on the shoreline and no end of majestic light to the skies. Throughout it can teach many modern generations of children's book creators a thing or ten, so it is more than welcome that this particular pelican has indeed come back (although how you tell one from another after a gap of a year is beyond me…). It's a quickly-read glory, and just a smidge of plumminess means it's resting at the four and a half star mark.

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This book was absolutely GORGEOUS. The artwork was gentle, the colors vibrant and beautiful, the storyline simple, but sweet and to the point.

This book is a treasure that I can see being a gift for a baby shower or birthday for a little one. This is a classic.

It took me a short forever to figure out how to download it but I am incredibly glad that I did. This is one I will be recommending to all of our customers and it will be a gift for all of the little ones of my friends. (I LOVE to spoil the children of my friends with books. This is one I will be adding to that list of "must-get" for them!)

5, this was stunning and just what I needed right now, stars.

My thanks to NetGalley and Plough Publishing House for an eARC to read and review.

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Thank you Plough Publishing House and NetGalley for the advanced electronic review copy of this wonderful book. Beautiful pictures, full of light, air, and space combine with a delightful story of fishing and meeting old friends. This is a feel-good read that I recommend to anyone

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This was too hard to read in the app. My grandson loves Corduroy so I was delighted to learn about this Don Freeman. Alas, it was too hard to read in the app so I could not share it with my grandson.

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This is such a sweet whimsical story set at the sea about a boy and his pelican friend. The story was adorable and well written and the illustrations were dreamy and beautiful.

Thanks to the author, publisher and Netgalley for providing an ARC of this book in exchange for an unbiased review.

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Once again, Ty's family is vacationing at the beach, and Ty is excited to learn to fish. He starts by watching the old pelican who is always waiting on the old pier, but Ty doesn't account for the tide, and soon he has more than just fish to catch.

This is a charming story with simple style and classic illustrations. The ending made me smile, and even though there's a lot of text at the beginning, which ensures it takes a while for the story to get started, it's well worth the wait.

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for this ARC. All opinions are my own.

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A whimsical sea-side adventure of a boy and a bird. Charming illustrations capture the adventurous spirit of childhood and harmony with the natural world -- the perfect summer gift for readers of all ages!

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As a child, that absolutely loved the book corduroy, and still owns her childhood book. When I saw this come available, I knew I had to request it.

Absolutely, adorable. Without a doubt and enjoyable. We truly loved it.

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After having a bit of trouble downloading this title I finally got it to work and I am glad I did.
I could not remember if I had experience this book as a child or not until I read it this time. I had indeed so it had me reminisce about the days of old.

I think folks will go one of 2 ways.. they will either love it with its classic feel and beautiful illustrations that accompany a sweet story or it’ll feel woefully dated.

While I think there is some dating, it’s not insurmountable and kids can embrace the story , the characters and the illustrations in this remastered classic.

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the ARC of this rerelease in exchange for my honest review. And thank you to NetGalley for helping with the download!

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