George's Antlers

George’s Antlers

By Andrea Belcham

A review of George's Antlers by Bruno St-aubin

Published on October 1, 2010

George’s Antlers
Bruno St-aubin

Scholastic
$7.99
paper
32pp
978-0-545-98687-8

Carefree George the moose is munching his lakeside lunch when disaster strikes: a forest fire rages across the shore, sending wildlife scurrying. George bolts in a panic, and when the smoke clears, he has no idea where he is. One by one, his avian friends find him, seeking solace on his antlers because their nests and perches have been destroyed by the fire. Although happy to bear the increasingly weighty burden of owl, cardinal, jay, and company, George is driven to keep wandering in search of his smallest pal of all, Ruby the ladybug. St-Aubin’s illustrations colour George as a sweet giant with a slightly cartoonish bent. Readers will also enjoy spotting the minuscule Ruby, who hides somewhere in the foliage on each page of George’s travels. A light, comforting tale – especially as the fire itself is only briefly and marginally depicted – George’s Antlers asks how we can help friends when they can’t help themselves. mRb

Andrea Belcham lives in Saint-Lazare, where many of her best neighbours are trees.

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