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A Small Song: Celestine And The Hare    by Karin Celestine order for
Small Song
by Karin Celestine
Order:  USA  Can
Graffeg, 2017 (2017)
* * *   Reviewed by Jessica Maguire

The Tribe is back in book five of the Celestine and the Hare series for children. This time, in an act of kindness, King Norty comforts and teaches Small that you don't have to be related to be family.

Poor Small feels upset. He can't remember his family. One day Small and Baby Weasus happen upon a hedgehog playing a banjo. Small suddenly remembers the familiar tune. His grandpa used to play that song! However, the hedgehog moves on, taking his music with him. What is Small to do?

King Norty steps in and builds Small his own instrument so that Small can keep the memory of his grandfather alive. King Norty will also show you and your child how to make your very own little banjo or guitar using just a few simple supplies. What songs and memories will you make?

As always, the story is sweet, and the colorful photographs of the magical world of the gardens and shed in Monmouth, Wales are endearing. You just can't help but have your heart melt at least a little at Baby Weasus' smile or the huge hug that little Small gives King Norty. Sometimes the tiniest of arms give the biggest hugs.

I think I'd fit in well in Celestine and the Hare's magical world. Both the author and the creatures adore 'ooks and choklit', as do I. King Norty loves his choklit so much he keeps a secret stash! The author and Tribe alike, however, do not care for apricot Danish pastries 'because they are frankly wrong.'

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