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‘We need the literature of other countries to expand our
horizons and stimulate our ideas. Without it, we are not only
diminished, we are starved’
(The Times, Magnus Linklater 29/06/05)
Lazy Friend (The)
by Ronan Badel
Age Range: Under_5
Sloth does absolutely nothing, except sleep. In the jungle, Snake, Frog and Bird play cards together while the lazy Sloth does what he does best, sleep. Trees are being felled all around them and when the tree they are sitting in is felled, Snake, Frog and Bird make a hasty escape. Sloth however, continues to doze quite oblivious to any danger. Snake has to
act fast when the truck carrying their tree trunk away still has Sloth in it. Will they both make it back home?
The cartoon-like pen and ink watercolour illustrations capture the personalities of the animals so well, particularly Snake whose expressive eyes are able to convey anger, despair, urgency and hope.
The Lazy Friend by Ronan Badel is a wordless picture book that allows children to follow the story easily and the absence of words also gives them the opportunity to make up their own version as well.