Looking for Smile by Ellen Tarlow and Lauren Stringer

The picture book for this week is Looking for Smile, written by Ellen Tarlow and illustrated by Lauren Stringer.

About the book:

This week’s story is about Bear and Smile, who are always together enjoying everything from the simple to the exciting. One day, Smile is gone, and Bear is not the same. Bear looks everywhere for Smile but cannot find his friend. Sitting beneath a tree, Bear stops looking, then the unexpected happens.

Looking for Smile deals with the topic of sadness or depression, by creating characters that make the topic more relatable. Bear is an animal, which removes some of the heaviness that might be attached to a human character.

Writing Exercise

This week’s story uses animal characters instead of humans. Your challenge is to write a story using animals as characters.

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