Review Blog

Feb 22 2012

The perfect present by Fiona Robertson

cover image

Penguin, 2011. ISBN 0 670 07476 1.
Picture book. Friendship. The night before Henry's birthday he was unable to sleep. He was so excited about the next day and was looking forward to the present his best friend, Spot would give him. It had been quite a quest for Spot, finding the perfect thing that Henry would like and cherish. Many hours of thought had gone into it, making it the prefect present. But just as he was unwrapping Spot's present his grandparent left theirs for him. The box wriggled so much that Henry pushed aside Spot's present and unwrapped the new present. It was a little pup and Henry was besotted. Spot of course was bereft and turned away, later to leave a note and march off into the night, rejected and alone.
The resolution is lovely as the new pup wakes his master to let him know what has happened to Spot and the two go off in search of him
A charming story of friendship and love, of trust and forgiveness, this will make a story to tell over and over again with small children, reminding them of what makes a true friend, and that three can be a happy combination for friendship.
Fran Knight

Archived Blog Entries
Latest News
2017 Children's Peace Literature Award Short List
Inkys Awards 2017
2017 Miles Franklin Literary Award
2017 NSW Premier's History Awards
The Queensland Literary Awards 2017
CBCA Awards 2017 winners
Environment Award for Children's Literature 2017
Speech Pathology shortlist 2017
2017 CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals
2017 Branford Boase Award
2017 UKLA Book Awards

ReadPlus Features
Print similar authors bookmark
Read similar authors
How to find lesson plans
Sample theme animation

Promote Reading
Staff holiday reading list 2016
South Australian Christian Schools Conference 2016 - Library Displays
Display calendars
Value of School Libraries
Library, Reading development and the Internet
Free Rights of the Reader Poster
Reviews: Author index
Bookmark and poster templates