Babak the Beetle - Fred Paranuzzi, Andree Prigent
A white, abandoned egg lies in the path of Babak the Beetle (NorthSouth, $17.95) as he rolls his dung ball home. Worried that the egg requires care, he alters his journey in order to find the egg’s parents. As he travels over varied terrains, he receives lots of advice. Finally, he comes to a grassy area, where there are similar eggs whose parents are hitting them with long sticks, sending them far away and into little holes! Originally published in France, Fred Paronuzzi’s story (translated by Elie Brangbour) begs to be read aloud, while Andrée Prigent’s droll, graphic art complements this story of good intentions. Ages 4-7.