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Don't Cross the Road Holly!
by Rita Antoinette Borg
Age Range: Under_5
This is a bilingual book from Malta published by Enchanted Grove Publications. It is the engaging story of Holly, the impulsive hedgehog for whom the smell of juicy, sweet blackberries on the other side of the road proves too much of a temptation. Despite all the protestations from the other animals cautioning her not to cross the road, she just can’t resist doing so, causing chaos and some very near misses! The illustrations by Abigail Daker are amusing and help enforce the simple message in the text; that children should never cross a busy road without looking to see that it is safe to cross.
Although the book comes from Malta the ‘safety road message’ is very similar to our Green Cross Code which makes this a useful book for parents to use with their children about the importance of crossing the road safely.
Unlike many bilingual books published in the UK the text of the two languages is not on the same page. One half of the book is the English version while the other is in Maltese. There are two front covers and you turn it upside down depending upon which language version you wish to read. Although the book is not available in the UK it is possible to get a copy from the Maltese publisher, www.ritaborg.us