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Digital Subscriptions > Quill & Quire > June 2019 > Where the grass is greener

Where the grass is greener

A new batch of illustrated books help kids cope with jealousy, envy, and that desperate feeling of wanting what you cannot have

Little Juniper Makes It Big

Aidan Cassie

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), Ages 4-8

Dog vs. Ultra Dog

Troy Wilson and Clayton Hanmer, ill. Owlkids Books, Ages 4-7

What Are You Doing, Benny?

Cary Fagan and Kady MacDonald Denton, ill. Tundra Books, Ages 3-7

SO MUCH OF GROWING UP is yearning for something that seems permanently out of reach. This batch of picture books attempts to show kids how to cope with the seemingly unsolvable pre- dicament of wanting what you can’t have.

In Little Juniper Makes It Big, B.C. author-

illustrator Aidan Cassie tells the story of an exas- perated young raccoon. Juniper feels confounded by the fact that everything in her family’s house is too big for her, so she’s thrilled when a squirrel classmate invites her for a sleepover at a squirrel- sized home. What comes next is a lesson in per- spective, both physical and figurative.

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