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Picture Books That Inspire Empathy

Freda and the Blue Beetle
By (author): Sophie Gilmore
Sophie Gilmore


Owlkids - Toronto



Product Form:


Form detail:

Picture book
Hardcover , Picture book


Juvenile: Age (years) 4 - 8, Grade (CAN) K - 5, Grade (US) K - 5
Apr 15, 2020
$19.95 CAD


11in x 7.5 x 0.38 in | 399 gr

Page Count:

32 pages
Owlkids Books
JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance
A fantastical fable about one girl’s courage to listen to her heart

New from Sophie Gilmore, whose debut picture book, Little Doctor and the Fearless Beast, was named a Publishers Weekly "Flying Start"

·   New from the critically acclaimed author of Little Doctor and the Fearless Beast

·   Features a strong female character making her voice heard

·   Themes of empathy, social-emotional learning, and justice

Freda lives in a town where people are always telling her to be more careful. But Freda loves to explore—which is how, one day, she discovers an injured beetle. She names him Ernest, feeds him, and befriends him. They become inseparable as Ernest grows ever bigger and stronger.

Noticing Ernest’s now-enormous size, the townspeople put him to work. But Ernest is strange, and has a strong appetite, and when a prize ewe goes missing, people start to talk. Freda listens to their appeals and sends her beloved friend away. But when a terrible storm puts the villagers in real danger, Freda knows who can help—and she stands up and says so. After Ernest uses his unique strength to save the day, everyone wants him to stay. But maybe this time, Freda and Ernest choose to listen to their hearts.  

Illustrated in watercolor and gouache, this is a fantastical modern fable about the value of listening to your heart, not always listening to others, and making your own voice heard.

SOPHIE GILMORE is a writer and illustrator living in Italy. She works with watercolour and pen and illustrates friend, foe, and ordinary girls quietly doing extraordinary things. Sometimes all in one book.

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Praise for Little Doctor and the Fearless Beast, also by Sophie Gilmore:

Named a Publishers Weekly "Flying Start" of Spring 2019

"With its softly detailed, virtuoso art and a perfectly wrought story full of heart and respect for the imaginative rules of children’s play, this debut shines."
The New York Times

"An enthralling demonstration of kindness in action, helmed by a confident, brown-skinned girl in a doctor’s coat."

"A rousing, toothy adventure."
Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW

"Gilmore’s breezy tone keeps scariness at bay... and her illustrations are at once dreamy and believable. The conceit of a primary school–aged child who is already a seasoned medical professional provides charm from the outset, and Little Doctor’s bravery comes from wisdom and
Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW

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Little Doctor and the Fearless Beast Sophie Gilmore 9781771473446 $19.95 CAD Mar 15, 2019

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