We flew to China, Ruffy and me,
And look, there were Pandas – one, two, three!
A boy and his toy dog, at home with nothing to do, decide to travel the world. Soon they are flying to China, rolling through England and chugging through India, seeing each country’s unique animals – and lots of other sights – as they go. Back in the bedroom, the two come back to reality, surrounded by a mess of toy animals and other reminder (or perhaps they were triggers?) of their adventures.
Ruffy and Me is a fantastical picture book which will delight preschool aged youngsters. The simple poetic team uses repetition,which will encourage kids to join in, and the illustrations are filled with rich colours which change to reflect the diverse environments the pair visit. the pages are also filled with detail, including lots of animals and the landmarks for which each country is known.
Suitable for the very young, the book could also be sued in the early childhood classroom to complements studies of animals or introduce geography and travel topics.
Ruffy and Me, by Dave Trumbull & Adam Caruthers
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