Little Blue Chair (Cary Fagan)

Hello, friends! Our book today is Little Blue Chair, written by Cary Fagan and illustrated by Madeline Kloepper, a lovely tale of a child’s beloved chair and it’s unexpected provenance.

Boo loves his little blue chair, the one that is just his size. He eats all his meals in it, he reads all his books in it, he even takes it outside to build a fort with. When Boo finally outgrows the chair, his mother places it at the end of the yard with a sign, offering it free to whomever would like it. And so begins the chair’s unexpected journey, being passed from person to person as it becomes a plant stand, a carnival ride, an elephant saddle, a bird feeder, and often another child’s chair. Making its way across oceans and land, from family to family, the chair manages to find its way back into the hands of someone who once loved it very much, and is happy to share it with someone for whom it is still the perfect size.

This was a very sweet story, and we really enjoyed it. The chair’s journey is filled with surprises, and keeps the reader wondering what its next owner will be using it for. And the ending, in which Boo finds the chair again and fixes it up, passing it on to his young daughter, is just perfect. The whimsical and detailed illustrations are intricate and filled with life, and lots of fun to examine with a close eye. The length is great, and JJ loved the little chair and its big adventure. We can definitely recommend this one to readers who appreciate the wonder of precious, ordinary objects. Baby Bookworm approved!


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