Come Again, Pelican

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Pub Date 7 May 2024 | Archive Date 7 May 2024
Plough Publishing | Plough Publishing House

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From the creator of Corduroy, a newly restored classic picture book that celebrates a child’s bond with the natural world.

Every summer Ty’s family came to camp in their trailer at the same beautiful spot on the white sand dunes by the ocean. And every year, as long as Ty could remember, the same old pelican had welcomed them. This year, as soon as the trailer was parked, Ty pulled on his shiny red wading boots and ran with his fishing pole to look for his friend.

“Be sure not to lose those new boots of yours,” his father said. And Ty didn’t – not really. But by the time the tide had quietly crept in and as gently flowed out again, some surprising things had happened and both he and the pelican had made unexpected catches. What could they have been to make both boy and bird so happy when each swapped his catch with the other?

Pictures full of space and light and the shining colors of sky and sand and sea help to tell the delightful story of Ty's adventurous afternoon.

From the creator of Corduroy, a newly restored classic picture book that celebrates a child’s bond with the natural world.

Every summer Ty’s family came to camp in their trailer at the same beautiful...

A Note From the Publisher

Popular children’s author: over 3 million copies sold (Bookscan) in the last 4 years, and dozens of titles in print.

Other beloved characters from this author include Corduroy, Dandelion, Mop Top, and Norman the Doorman, and Earl the Squirrel.

For readers of classic children's favorites like The Carrot Seed, Ferdinand, Harry the Dirty Dog, The Poky Little Puppy, Blueberries for Sal, and The Little Engine That Could.

Perfect for vacation destinations: a great fit for indie stores in beach towns and vacation spots.

Leveled and aligned for library and school markets.

Popular children’s author: over 3 million copies sold (Bookscan) in the last 4 years, and dozens of titles in print.

Other beloved characters from this author include Corduroy, Dandelion, Mop Top...

Advance Praise

An author and illustrator of many delightful books here presents one of the most lucid pictures of the ocean's tidal movements and their effect on one little fisherman. In the company of a friendly pelican who demonstrates his own skill as a fisherman, Ty parks his boots on shore and himself on a pole and waits for a bite. As the tide rolls in, it carries the red boots out and Ty with hook, line, and sinker retrieves one, enclosing a perfect fish. But the trick of the day is performed by the pelican, for as the tide rolls out and Ty walks back to his trailer, the delightful bird perched on a dune opens its mouth and returns to him the other boot. —Kirkus Reviews

A small boy takes fishing lessons from a pelican on a wind-swept beach. His first fish, caught by accident in one of his new red boots, goes to the teacher as a reward for retrieving the other lost boot. The story, told with simplicity, humor, and originality, and the illustrations make the perfect blend of text and art that distinguishes a true picture book. The changing pattern of light on sky and water from early morning until night is caught in some of Mr. Freeman’s loveliest pictures. Excellent. —Library Journal

An author and illustrator of many delightful books here presents one of the most lucid pictures of the ocean's tidal movements and their effect on one little fisherman. In the company of a friendly...

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A joyful exploration of a young boy's day fishing alone by all-star author and artist Don Freeman. Brilliant colors capture the boy's emotions as he sets off in his red waders and fishing pole to capture a fish, hoping to see the pelican along the shore. The pelican, bright and brilliant, demonstrates how to fish and the movement is exquisitely captured on page. The use of alliteration and onomatopoeia provides a natural flow to the beautiful scenes, and it's delightful when the young boy discovers his surprise catch. An exuberant and exciting work for all young children.

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What a wonderful book for children. (or really any age) The story is simple and sweet and the illustrations are adorable. I do not have children to buy this for, but I have friends with children or grandchildren and I will be recommending this as a great gift for a child or for them to read to the child.

I only wish the book were available for this Christmas.

Thank you Plough Publishing House and NetGalley for this ARC.

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This book is a reissued classic from Don Freeman, the author and illustrator best known for "Corduroy." I really enjoyed "Come Again, Pelican," with its charming seaside setting and entertaining story. The illustrations are gorgeous, the story has a wonderful sense of atmosphere, and the final twist is cute and funny.

Even though I had never read this book before, it felt familiar in the best way, with the art style and tone that I enjoyed from so many classic picture books during my childhood. I'm glad that this book is now available for a new generation of children, and would highly recommend it.

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I thank Plough for an advanced reader's copy of this book! The opinions in this review are entirely my own.

My youngest has always loved Corduroy, and I was excited to get my hands on this book. It did not disappoint! The illustrations are fantastic, and the story is great! It was a short and simple story about a child and his connection to nature. I often wonder what animals are thinking when we talk to them. This book involved a conversation with an old and wise pelican. The end of the book made me smile. I think this is a great book to add to a child's library.

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A day of fishing turns into a grand adventure for a young boy. As he greets his old friend, the Pelican, he is determined to fish as well as the majestic bird. Instead, he finds himself in a bind as the tide begins to roll in.

What a cute read! I absolutely loved this one!

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This is a sweet and funny story, sparing with words and big with illustrations. The small boy, wise pelican and big shoreline are the stars.
I enjoyed the read, which would be suitable for early readers or for parents to read with children. Kids will learn about the shore and tides, and will probably want to read it over again.

I read an e-ARC from Net Galley. This is an unbiased review.

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This is a story about a boy and a pelican that always comes to visit him. The illustrations are beautiful. I recommend this book.

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Don Freeman is no longer living, but his wonderful children’s picture books live on. This book is being rereleased as a restored edition. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this delightful story with elegant color illustrations.I hope today’s children will pick up Don Freeman books and keep his storybook magic alive.

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What a cool book. I loved that the illustrations gave it the feel of an old vintage kids' book you might find at an antique store. The story was a simple one of friendship and learning, but very well told.

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Come Again, Pelican by Don Freeman is another classic book by the much loved author of the book Corduroy. This book has been restored for re-release and I think a whole new generation will come to love the sweet character in this book and the friendship he develops with a pelican. This book is beautifully illustrated and perfect for young readers of many ages. I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher with no obligations. These opinions are entirely my own.

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If anyone else has recently been stuck in the house for days by snow and ice, then they may also enjoy this refreshing glimpse of a simple seaside vacation. Ty (seen here on the cover) and his family bring their trailer to the same spot on the beach each summer. This year he is old enough to try and catch his first fish. He pulls on his new red wading boots and sets off as his parents set up their campsite. Ty greets his friend the pelican who is resting on the same post as when Ty saw him last summer.

The illustrations capture the warm colors of the sand and sun, the cool blue of the water, and the open expanse of the sky over the waves. Scenes show Toby sprinting along after a line of sandpipers with their "speedy legs" scissoring back and forth, or his pelican friend diving "beak first" into the waves to scoop up a fish. Readers will be as dismayed as Toby when they see his new boots carried off by the rising tide. A look underwater shows fish and crabs gathered curiously around one of the lost boots.

Originally published in 1961, this classic from the creator of <i>Corduroy</i> has been restored and will be released on May 7, 2024 - just in time for summer vacation. The elements of the story are timeless - kids, fishing, summer at the beach with family, camping out, and being warned not to lose a new article of clothing - and the story and illustrations have held up remarkably well. Young readers today will enjoy this glimpse into learning a new skill, revisiting a favorite place, and enjoying a day in nature.

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This re-release of Don Freeman’s beautifully colored Come Again, Pelican introduces a new generation of children to the writer of the beloved Corduroy.
A mixture of curiosity, excitement, and consequences, children can learn that things can work out but understand they need to pay attention. It is also great for the admiration of wild animals and that they are special to this Earth.
This classic is newly restored ensuring that the gorgeous colors are crisp and shiny on the page—the beach, sky, and ocean gleam in their own right.
A lesson learned and nature cared for, Come Again Pelican is a great book for children and the child at heart.

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What a beautiful book! I'm excited to share with my children and will be adding a copy of this to our physical library so that we can visit it over and over.

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Corduroy was my favorite childhood book- and I now read it to my baby! I didn’t know Come Again, Pelican was even a book and it is so cute! We live in Florida on the west coast and it’s perfect to read for bedtime! Such amazing illustrations!

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“ ‘I have a feeling I’m going to catch my first fish today,’ said Ty as he pulled on his new wading boots.”

Ty and his parents had just arrived at their usual camping spot, where, while Ty pulls on his bright red wading boots, the grown-ups contend with the trailer and awning.

My Goodreads review includes an illustration with the caption:
“Each year they came to this same wind-swept beach for their summer vacation.”

Ty’s parents warned him to stay away from big waves and be sure not to lose his new boots.

He wondered if his pelican friend would still be there, and sure enough, he was waiting on the beach. They chatted to each other, as children and animals do, with Ty making conversation and the pelican looking pleased and squawking appreciatively now and then.

Ty saw sandpipers running up the beach to dig up little sand crabs, and he needed some bait, so he trotted off after them. But he wasn’t quick enough, so he sat down and thought maybe he could run faster without his boots on.

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“The pelican waddled over and began squawking as if he were saying, ‘Follow me, follow me!’ ”

So Ty did, leaving his boots in the sand and clambering up to sit on the post the way the pelican does. Suddenly, the pelican took off into the air, flying around in circles.

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“…then all at once he dived straight down, beak first— zoop!—“

He returned with a fish, but when Ty clapped his hands and shouted hooray, the pelican bobbed his head at Ty and the fish jumped out! Oh dear. Ty worried that the pelican lost his dinner. The pelican flew off, and as Ty sat and waited for him to come back, he looked down and saw the tide was coming in.

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“When Ty looked down you can imagine his surprise at seeing one of his boots drifting by.”

He cast his line out far to try to catch it, but no luck. The second boot was floating closer to him and filling rapidly with water. He brought his line back and dropped his hook where the boot was sinking.

He carefully wiggled and jiggled his line, trying to hook the bootstrap, and when he did, Up came the boot.

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“No fisherman could have been happier, because when he looked inside the boot, he saw a silvery fish splashing about.”

He was delighted with the fish, which he put in his pail, but he was worried about his other boot and whether or not he’d see the pelican again.

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“He walked along the water’s edge searching for his other boot, but it was nowhere to be found.”

Poor Ty felt sad when his father called him to say supper was ready. Up the dunes he trudged, one bare foot, one boot foot.

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“But at the very top, who do you suppose was waiting for him?”

Mr Pelican, of course.

“ ‘Well, Mr. Pelican, I’ve had a busy afternoon,’ said Ty. ‘Where under the sun have you been?’
The pelican just grinned. He didn’t even squawk.

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Then suddenly, he opened his great big bill and there inside was Ty’s other boot!”

Ty knew just how to say thank you.

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“ ‘Here’s my first fish and it’s specially for you!’ ”

That evening at supper, when Ty’s parents asked him about his day, he was able to tell them what he had learned. (But he neglected to mention the lost boot or his first fish. Would they have believed him?)

“ ‘Oh, I learned all about the tide,’ Ty said, ‘how it comes and goes and then comes again— just like my pelican friend.’ ”

What a treat! This was written in 1961 and is being re-released in May 2024. I fully expect there to be some nervous parents and some eager little boys and girls, desperate to go the beach alone to go fishing. Wait till mother and father see this chap sitting atop a post out in the water!

It’s delightful. Thanks to #NetGalley for the preview copy of #ComeBackPelican for review from which I’ve shared some quotes and illustrations.

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My rating: 3.5/5

Having originally been released in 1961, "Come Again, Pelican" through Plough Publishing, has a new lease on life for the newest generation. And generations to come I'm sure.

Come Again, Pelican, with it's lovely illustrations by Don Freeman, who also wrote the picture book, is sure to draw in the youngin's.

Following Ty, he and his family are back at their vacation home on the beach, and off Ty goes in his new red, wadding boots to go fishing.

Testing his boundaries, Ty ventures further than he's allowed, while the Pelican from the year before.

Without spoiling the whole story, it's only 44 pages, Come Again, Pelican is about young children exploring, and testing the boundaries of his world.

*Thank you to Plough Publishing for inviting me to read and review Colme Again, Pelican. My review is of my own thoughts and opinions.*

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Beautiful illustrations and story. Wonderful to see more of Freeman’s works being published! Nature cared for and lesson learned— a simple yet memorable tale for all ages.

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When I requested this, I didn't realize it was a restored classic. I did see that it was written by the author of Corduroy, which should have given me a hint, but I am not always the sharpest tool in the shed.

As Jeremiah and I both enjoy anthropomorphizing animals, assigning them thoughts, feelings, and motives, this book was especially good for us. A sweet little boy on vacation with his parents, so excited to FINALLY catch his first fish. He's focused, with barely a thought to his father's warning not to lose his brand new boots.

And also wondering if he'll see that same pelican from so many years before, who greets them each summer.

This really is so darn sweet, and beautifully illustrated. And the wonderful surprise at the end, which definitely made both of us smile. A winner all around, I'm so glad I got the chance to enjoy this for the first time.

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From the author of Corduroy, and Plough Publishing, comes a newly restored classic about a boy's connection with nature and the special friend that he makes along the way. The words mirror the illustrations just as the illustrations mirror the words taking readers on a bright and colorful journey of a child's day at the beach. This is such a sweet and wholesome story for young readers, but also readers of any age, as a reminder of how whimsical a day at the beach can truly be. I never had the opportunity to read this book as a child, but it felt so familiar with the cadence of the words and a similar tone of the art to that of Corduroy given that the author wrote both.

This review is thanks to Plough Publishing & NetGalley for providing an ARC.

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Follow Ty as he has an adventurous afternoon whilst camping by the sea with his family.

This is a lovely story which I wasn’t familiar with before, I didn’t realise this was a reprint. It will definitely be added to my bookshelf and I’m sure it’ll become a firm family favourite.

The illustrations really add to the story and keep the reader engaged.

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LOVE this author and I’m so glad this book is coming back into print. Rich literature for children has become sparse on bookshelves and this beautiful and well written book will be a classic added to shelves worldwide!

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First published January 1, 1961
The young one goes fishing but seems to lose his boots. He finds one, but the pelican finds the other. What comes next is a big surprise!
The illustrations by the author are clear, imaginative, colorful, informative, and FUN.
Well suited for reading WITH someone of any age including ESL, and great for gifting to anyone, but especially to a school or your local public library!
I requested and received a free temporary e-book on Adobe Digital Editions from Plough Publishing | Plough Publishing House via NetGalley. Thank you!
Available 07 May 2024

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“Come Again, Pelican” is an adorable story about young Ty and his adventure of learning to fish for the first time. Just like last summer vacation, Ty’s pelican friend waits for him, standing atop a post by the water, and they learn a thing or two from each other.

I love the gentle and nostalgic storytelling, and the delightful drawings that illustrate the story in this 1961 classic. And the unexpected end of his fishing trip gave me a chuckle and made me smile.

From the author of Corduroy, this heartwarming story of friendship is sure to charm you and your young readers. A wonderful addition to any child’s or grandparent’s library.

First Line: “I have a feeling I’m going to catch my first fish today,” said Ty as he pulled on his new wading boots.
Genre: Children
Author: Don Freeman
Page Count: 44
Reading Age: 7-9

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Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with this book for free in exchange for my review! All opinions are my own.

As a child, I really loved the story of Cordorory, so I knew I had to read this book. This book was very charming and like it's predecessor, it gave me all the feels. This is a must purchase childrens book. Parents, librarians, teachers, etc, go out and buy this book for the child in your life. You won't regret it!

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Ty walks down to the beach wondering if his friend from last year will be there. The pelican and Ty greet each other. Ty takes off his red boots and leaves them on the sand. The pelican shows his fishing skills to Ty. As Ty is sitting on a pole, he sees his red boot floating away in the water. Then another boot floats by but this time, he catches it by snagging is with his fishing pole’s hook. When the tide goes down, he starts walking back when he runs into his pelican friend. When te pelican opens his mouth, he sees his other boot which he takes. He is asked by his parents how his day went. Ty replies I learned all about the tide.

This is a delightful story about a boy and his pelican friend. It is a newly restored classic picture book'.. the illustrations are well done and fit the story perfectly. The story is delightful and will be enjoyed by all. It show the child’s bond with nature.. This is a great book tiiat can be read aloud to children.

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Lovely colours and illustrations this restored classic will be reminiscent and enjoyable for those reading with children however, it is showing its age a little.

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Special thanks to Plough Publishing for rereleasing this picture-book gem by Don Freeman, the award-winning author of Corduray.

Young Ty, returning to the Indiana Dunes for his summer vacation, hopes to once again spot his beloved pelican. Not only does he meet his pelican pal, the two have a wonderful adventure, which I won’t ruin with more details. The dreamy illustrations add to the magic of Freeman’s prose. Highly, highly recommended.

In the interest of full disclosure, I received this book from NetGalley and Plough Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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, 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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