Review Blog

Feb 19 2015

Fearless: sons and daughter by Colin Thompson

cover image

Ill. by Sarah Davis. ABC Books, 2015. ISBN 9780733330872
(Age: 4+) Highly recommended. Dogs. Animal behaviour. Babies. Fearless is a dad. Coming indoors one evening he finds Primrose with five writhing little pups beside her. They ponder together about where they came from, and Primrose settles into grooming them. Fearless tries to remember what life was like when he was a pup, and wonders what sort of dad he will be. At first the pups ignore him, but when he explains that he is their dad they all get along well, doing the things that dads do with their offspring. He plays with them, models behaviour, tells them of the dangers that lurk in the garden. The pond is a target of further explanation as sharks lurk in there so it is a place to stay away from.
Over the weeks four of the puppies go to other homes and the remaining puppy and Primrose thinks that they may have fallen into the pond and so investigate. Fearless saves the day, showing the protective nature of fathers within the family as Fearless overcomes his fear of the water to save Primrose and Eric.
This is a delight as Sarah Davis has produced a set of pictures which reflect the behaviour of parents towards their children, modeling the sorts of behaviour expected, showing the sorts of things fathers do with their babies, and they are varied, funny and cute.
Throughout the book, the text subtly shows the family interacting, and how the father is part of the family unit, guiding, modelling, telling and protecting. His role is tantamount to the pup's safety as it grows up. This is a lovely book about nurturing to share in the classroom and at home.
Fran Knight

BUY IT NOW ON booktopia
Archived Blog Entries
Latest News
International Children's Book Day 2nd April, 2017
CILIP Kate Greenaway Medals 2017 longlist
CILIP Carnegie Medal longlist 2017
Branford Boase Award 2017 longlist
Children's Book Award 2017 shortlist
Infographic: Teen reading habits
Victorian Premier's Literary Awards 2017
Newbery and Caldecott Medals 2017
ALA awards 2017
Costa Children's Book Award 2016
National Simultaneous Storytime 2017

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
Science fiction and fantasy lists SAETA conference 2015
Value of School Libraries
Library, Reading development and the Internet
Free Rights of the Reader Poster
Reviews: Author index
Books for boys
Bookmark and poster templates