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.

To the Edge of the World by Julia Green

Once in a while I get a children’s book from a publisher in return for a frank and honest review. I also reserve titles that interest me from my local library and do reviews on those.
A great adventure on the Edge of the World
Set in the Outer Hebrides this is a tale of growing up , friendship and being brave enough to take on new challenges and overcome fear. Jamie lives on the island and comes across Mara one day on the beach with her dog Django and her boat Stardust. She is everything Jamie is not. Mara isn’t afraid of anything. Except being sent away to school. With time running out at the end of the summer holidays she hatches a plan but Jamie ends up going along.
The history of the islands is included and brings to live this remote area on the edge of the world. Another wonderful adventure from Julia Green with lots of detail about sailing a small boat and living life.