Happy Misunderstanding

How Folly Gets His Name

Children - Fable
30 Pages
Reviewed on 07/20/2012
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Reviewed by Kristie Ingerto for Readers' Favorite

"Happy Misunderstanding: How Folly Gets His Name" is an adorable children's book written by Ginny Buller and illustrated by Julie Chettle. The little cub knows that he is to stay put and not move, but he cannot remember why. He hears other animals and is first afraid, and hovers in the grass. However, after a short time he faces his fears and starts out on a journey to find his family and encounters many other animals. Throughout his journey he learns to solve problems, makes new friends and finds out about himself. His adventure is shared not only in words, but also in illustrations as well, to be enjoyed by the young readers.

This is a cute story for children that will be enjoyed by children and adults alike. It reminded me of my childhood classic story, "Are You My Mother?" as I was reading this book. The illustrations are simple and well-done and children will enjoy watching them on each page. This book is geared for young children; however, there are some words that will need to be explained, such as "instinct" and "utter." This is a great story with good lessons throughout and plenty of opportunities for further discussions between the adult reading the book and the child listening. I enjoy books that lend themselves to being more interactive and this is one of them for sure! This book is a great one to use not only in a family for one's personal use, but also in a classroom or small group as it will lead to great discussions. It can of course be used in lessons on friendship, acceptance and problem solving.