The latest Miyanishi story to be translated begins with pteranodon parents caring for their chick. While the father provides food and teaches the chick to be strong, the mother shields him from the elements and tells him that he should be kind to others. It's a fairly typical approach to parenting in many homes - the father trying to make sure the child is tough enough to survive, the mother worried about socializing the child and teaching compassion.
The problem arises when the parents leave their child to continue his life as an independent adult. When he is faced with a wounded and vulnerable tyrannosaurus, will he worry first about his own safety or care for this natural predator? And how will the tyrannosaurus respond? This is a universal question that everyone faces at some time in their lives. Is it more important to keep ourselves absolutely safe, or to take a risk and reach out to others in need?
The characters and setting are created in the distinctive style Miyanishi is known for with cartoon style drawings and explosive colors. This vivid artistic presentation appeals to young readers, while the themes in the series, are great discussion starters and deal with emotions and situations that more advanced readers can explore in more depth. Highly recommended for K+.
I read an e-book provided by the publisher through NetGalley.
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