Amos & Boris by William Steig

July 13, 2010 - 7:17 pm No Comments

This is such a heartfelt story and a great one for discussion. Amos, the mouse, is saved by Boris, the whale, when Amos gets swept out to sea by a huge wave. Boris takes Amos back home and they part ways knowing they may never see each other again. They developed a special bond during their time together, however, so years later when Boris needs Amos’ help, not only do they recognize each other, but Amos comes up with a plan to save his friend. I love the language of this book-there are some bigger words which is great. Some children’s books kind of talk down to kids. This is not one of those books. Note: This book has some serious topics. Both characters almost die in the story and there is mention of drowning. The story does have a happy ending, but it’s always good to have a heads up on these things especially if you have sensitive little ones.

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