Simon and the Better Bone

Written and illustrated by Corey R. Tabor

Hardcover edition

Publisher HarperCollins Imprint Balzer + Bray ISBN


Simon and the Better Bone

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Using the same innovative format as his Caldecott Honor winner, Mel Fell, Corey R. Tabor reimagines Aesop’s “The Dog and His Reflection” in a clever, charming tale of empathy and generosity.

One day, down by the pond, Simon meets another dog just like him.

And that dog has a bone just like his, only better!

How will Simon ever get him to trade, when the other pup knows all the same tricks...?

This is another delightfully surprising tale from the award-winning creator of Mel Fell.

Author’s note. Full-color illustrations were created with pencil, colored pencil, and acrylic paint, assembled digitally. 
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School Library Journal

K-Gr 2—A great book for introducing even older children to the notion that the grass is not always greener on the other side. Acknowledging the source as Aesop, Tabor introduces Simon, a dog who is happy with his bone until he spots another dog with a better one (his reflection in water). What should he do? How can he get that bone for himself? Simon has some creative attempts, but nothing seems to work until finally he throws caution to the wind and decides to just pounce. Students will be laughing and cheering for poor little Simon and his very real struggle. The heartwarming ending gives students an example of how to be a good friend, even through conflict. The pencil, color pencil, and acrylic paint give the soft illustrations a beautiful light feeling. A favorite image is the last, showing Simon walking home hoping he will see his new friend soon, just as he is getting ready to pass a particular store. VERDICT This good-natured story will have students and teachers alike laughing at the trials and tribulations of silly Simon, whether they are familiar with the original or not.—Darla Kaminsky

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