Norris The Bear Who Shared
by Catherine Rayner, published by Orchard Books.

It’s a rare evening when one of the two bedtime stories we read to our daughter is not one of Catherine Rayner’s wonderful creations (as well as Norris, Augustus and his Smile, Abigail and Solomon Crocodile are also favourites).

Her illustrations are always stunning – in our view she’s the most talented illustrator of wildlife in the picturebook business – and the message that underlines her stories is one of adventure, fun and the value of persistence.

It was during a trip to our local library that we first discovered Norris, Violet and Tulip’s longing for the enigmatic Ploringe fruit, and their varied approaches to getting hold of it. Having borrowed the book it was enjoyed for many weeks, and was renewed many more times than is usual (five I think).

For the last month, instead of a traditional lullaby of ‘Twinkle twinkle’, we’re now asked by our daughter to “sing I see a Ploringe please’, a song of several lines.

Norris’ patient wait for his prized treat, the wisdom he exhibits, and the benefit of his decision to share it with his new companions is simply and perfectly told.

With many thanks to Catherine Rayner for allowing use of her beautiful cover with this review.

Author feedback

@catherinerayner said: @Books4MyToddler @orchardbooks thank
you for the loveliest review. I’d love 2 hear the #plorringe song!!
V v happy you like my creatures 🙂