Book review – Cecile Aubry – Belle and Sebastien, Child of the Mountains

A new adaptation of an old favourite,  Belle and Sebastien has been translated from the French by Gregory Norminton and given stylish line drawings by Helen Stephens . Originally written in 1965 and adapted for television, this is a classic tale of friendship.

An orphaned boy, bullied in the village below where he lives with his adopted family, and Belle,  a beautiful white Pyrenean Mountain dog, born on the same day. When Belle and Sebastien meet they form a loyal and lifelong friendship and have many adventures in the mountains.  But the villagers are not happy. Gossip surrounds Belle and she is reported to be a wild beast living in the mountains and there are orders to shoot her on sight. Can Sebastien protect his best friend or will it be the other way round?

Well done to Alba Books for reissuing this title and providing the glossary at the end.

Please note that I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a candid review. Apart from that I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.

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