cover image The Giving Day

The Giving Day

Cori Doerrfeld. Abrams, $17.99 (40p) ISBN 978-1-4197-4419-8

In this follow-up to The Welcome Wagon, the title refers to a big community festival held in Doerrfeld’s animal-populated Cubby Hill. There are games, food, and activities, and, best of all, “everyone brought some way to give back.” Cooper the bear attends with his grandmother to distribute their beehives’ final takings; he wears a cape and declares himself “the Greatest Honey Hero in the Universe!” But he also spreads himself a little too thin, volunteering to help rabbit neighbors who need a “bunnysitter,” among other deeds. The jars of honey invariably take a hit, but Cooper’s pals are quick to advocate for him with his grandmother, who pronounces him “the greatest gift giver in the universe.” Doerrfeld deftly choreographs busy animals bustling about the fairgrounds, energized by the prospect of doing good in the company of family and friends. Ages 3–7. [em](Oct.) [/em]