Nearly But Not Quite
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A story of the trepidation, courage, dogged determination and ultimate survival of a young child on a day's visit to a family which involves playing with older children. It brought instant empathy from many of the older infants who reviewed the book for me. The story line is superbly matched by Prater's illustrations which sensitively portray the youner child's attempts to keep up and how he 'nearly but not quite' succeeds in each of the exploits. Author and illustrator carry the book along with pace and verve through adventures in Sherwood Forest, through wild battles and escapes from the Sheriff of Nottingham's men yet we never lose the smaller child's perspective. Another winner!