Losing Reuben


Leonie Norrington/Beth Norling

Scholastic

Mates Reading Scheme

losing-reubenISBN: 9781742990224

RRP: $12.99

Age: 7+

Key Words: Family, Growing Up

Published: 1st December 2013

Reviewed By: Kylie Calwell

Rueben is one of nine children, every time the family goes anywhere his mum has to count them all to make sure no one gets left behind. Then there are ten, and the whole family goes down to the beach, to fish and relax. Reuben is now included in some of the things the bigger kids get to do, like fishing and mending nets, all this makes him feel a little different but he doesn’t know why. Then after a nap he wakes to discover his family have left without him, will he remember what to do?

This is a cute little story about family and getting bigger, about starting to take responsibility. With simple text and colour illustrations it is a perfect format for beginning readers. A wonderful story to share with children, Reuben is a very engaging character and this simple story arc will appear to the target audience.

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