Roly Poly Pangolin

Roly Poly Pangolin

For the picture book world, it’s been a very sad week with the deaths of Anna Dewdney and of Deirdre Sheridan Englehart.

Enzo wondered how Ms. Dewdney’s books will be finished. I told him we need to read all of her books again and again!

I thought I had already posted about this book. Apparently, not. So, here’s an official post for PPBF.

Title: Roly Poly Pangolin
Author and Illustrator: Anna Dewdney
Viking, 2010

Themes/Topics: Pangolins, Fear, Friendship

Opening: Roly Poly, very small,
doesn’t like new things at all.

Brief Synopsis: (from author and illustrator’s website) —
Roly Poly, very small, doesn’t like new things at all.
Meet Roly Poly Pangolin’s little pangolin who’d rather stick close to his mama instead of facing anything unfamiliar. Whether it’s a line of ants, a friendly monkey, or a loud noise, Roly Poly runs the other way. Then he hears something that really scares him. So he does what all pangolins do when they’re frightened: he rolls up into a tiny ball. But Roly Poly is surprised when he finally peeks out, because another ball is peeking back…it’s a small pangolin just like him!

Resources: In obituaries that circulated after her death, Ms. Dewdney asked people to read a book to a child. As a tribute to her, I believe that’s a great activity.

Why I Like this Book: Enzo and I were introduced to this book at a neighborhood story time. Everyone brought a book to share. I can’t recall the book we dropped off. Enzo picked up Roly Poly Pangolin. I loved it from the first spread.

Don’t wait! Go read a book to a child. Do it for the writers who have left us, for the writers still sharing stories with us, and for the children, who enjoy a stories. Have a wonderful weekend!

For more PPBF books, check out the list over at the incredible Susanna Hill’s website.