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Once there was a boy

4.54  ·  Rating Details ·  24 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
Once there was a boy is a universal story of friendship, temptation and reconciliation.

This whimsical picture book is the touching story of a little boy with a broken heart who meets a young girl who shares his secret.

The timeless and elegant tale is transformed into a beautiful grown-up story by the use of sophisticated analogies, such as the heart as love or friendship
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Hardcover, 40 pages
Published 2011 by Magabala Books
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Dimity Powell
Apr 29, 2014 Dimity Powell rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids-lit
Over double the length of a 'normal' picture book but as Miss 8 pointed out not overly wordy. Succinct and subtle with sublime artwork by David Leffler. A beautiful exploration and positive affirmation of the feelings boys have too.
Cedar
Feb 01, 2012 Cedar rated it it was amazing
Beautiful drawings with a lovely story. Enjoyable for adult and children alike, which is a plus when you are reading to your babies...
Megan
Put simply, once there was a (dark-skinned) boy living a peaceful life alone on an island. Then a (fair-skinned) girl arrives. She eats the tropical fruit sapote, and all hell breaks loose. While the plot structure may sound familiar to some, this book is challenging for children. Further, that the boy would go out sapote collecting and leave his beating heart in a box under the bed, is also bewildering, although by this time, kids have figured out this is not your run of the mill island ...more
Dee-Ann
Sep 23, 2015 Dee-Ann rated it it was amazing
This book surprised us. I was reading it to my two sons and boy did we get a surprise. Fantastic story, my boys remembered it completely the next day and it evoked a fair bit of discussion.

This story is of a boy who lives alone on an island. One day a girl appears. She eats all his fruit and falls asleep in his bed. The boy leaves early the next day to find some more fruit and leaves her a note saying 'Don't look under the bed.'. The story goes from there ...

Beautiful pictures, unusual and beaut
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Neil Flanders
Dec 21, 2014 Neil Flanders rated it it was amazing
A truly spectacular read for both adults and children. :-) beautifully written and illustrated. There is so many layers to this book. Loved it
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