Nic and Nellie by Astrid Scheckels
|October 27, 2013||Posted by Christa McGrath under Animals, Children's Lit|
Published by Nimbus Publishing
Reviewed by Christa McGrath
Nic and Nellie tells the story of a young girl who, along with her faithful dog (Nellie), spends the summer with her grandparents on a small New England island. While Nic is, at first, excited about the new adventure that lies ahead, she experiences a bad case of homesickness as her summer begins and she says goodbye to her mom. Nic feels lonely and scared during the first few days on the island. But ventures with Nellie, berry picking with her grandmother, and sitting on the porch with her grandpa held diminish her feelings of sadness and isolation. In time, Nic meets new friends and discovers an island full of fun and adventure—whether skimming rocks, playing in the mud, paddling a rowboat, or sitting by a camp fire. And then one day she can’t even remember feeling sad at all.
The beautiful illustrations and colorful imagery more than adequately capture Nic and Nellie’s summer escapade—it even makes you feel like you can smell the salty air and feel the warm breeze on your face. Children will be drawn to each page’s canvas of island living. Even without text, these pictures tell a tale of how a young girl eventually adapts to her new surroundings and finds friendship and laughter.
Nic and Nellie is a charming little story that will have appeal for young children who may experience similar emotions when away from home because they can learn that by meeting new friends and establishing new routines they can become comfortable in their new environment. The anxiety that Nic feels is not uncommon, but this story has an encouraging message and a happy ending. And, really, who doesn’t love a happy end.
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