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At The Pond

 

Groundwood Books
Canada & United States, 2020

 

On a gray day, a boy takes his dog for a walk. They arrive at a pond full of snowy-white swans, and one of swans invites them for a ride. They sail into a sunny landscape of wildflowers and birds. Foxes, rabbits and deer frolic in this paradise. Then butterflies appear along with even bigger, more beautiful flowers. The boy unleashes his dog on shore, and it bounds off to play.

Now the boy puts the leash around the swan’s neck — he has a new friend. But suddenly, everything changes.

 

“A provocative drama inviting readers to question their behaviors toward all of the creatures in their orbits.” Kirkus, starred review