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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)
Lisette's Green Sock
by Catharina Valckx
Age Range: Under_5
While out for a walk one day Lisette spots a pretty green sock on the ground. She proudly puts it on one of her feet and continues on her way. When she encounters spiteful Tomcat and Timcat who make fun of Lisette, laughingly saying “A sock! You’re a birdbrain, Lisette. So where’s the other one? Don’t you know socks come in pairs?” Lisette sets out to find the other sock but after searching all day she returns home dejected. Her mother tries to reassure her and Lisette’s best friend Bert comes up with the perfect idea of how one sock can be used!
A real feel-good story, full of gentle humour about the importance of friendship and sharing by award-winning Dutch author and illustrator Catharina Valckx, translated from French by Anthony Shugaar. The lovely, bright watercolour illustrations are sure to endear Lisette to young readers as they follow her on her quest for the missing sock.
See Valckx’s two other titles reviewed on the website – Bruno, a graphic novel for children (2017) and Zanibar, an uplifting, quirky chapter book (2019).