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*Flashlight* by Lizi Boyd
Also by Lizi Boyd:

Big Bear Little Chair
by Lizi Boyd
Ages 2-6 40 pages Chronicle August 2014 Hardcover    

There is a lot to discover in Boyd’s (Inside Outside) wordless story about the dark.

It’s pitch-black outside in the forest, but the little boy camping by himself decides to put on his yellow rubber boots and explore his surroundings. With only the beam of a small flashlight to guide him, he looks to see what’s in the sky, around the trees, on the shore of the pond, and hiding amongst the bushes.

He feels safe because he takes the time to rest and snack on berries. Although the forest animals do not disturb him, they help guide him back to his tent when he trips over a rock and loses his flashlight. The last double-page spread is a bedtime scene with the boy back in his tent reading his storybook by the light of his flashlight (which three mice are holding for him).

This story doesn’t need words; readers can supply their own, or they can just watch as the surprises pop out for them. After reading this book, caregivers and teachers could discuss nocturnal animal behavior.

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