Coming Spring 2020
The Society of Distinguished Lemmings
In a society of lemmings, can a bear ever belong?
The Society of Distinguished Lemmings aims to be distinguished in abosultely everything. It takes an awful lot of rules to be so distinguished, including: no rolling around, no climbing about, and certainly no splashing in the mud! But Bertie has had quite enough of the society and all its rules. After venturing outside, Bertie discovers a bear, who is very unlike a lemming. With the bear’s help, Bertie learns that prancing about in the wild is quite a lot of fun! But when the other lemmings find out about the bear, they decide everything about him will have to change if he’s ever to fit in. Will the Society ever accept Bertie’s new friend, or is the bear simply too big and clumsy of a creature to be distinguished?
This hilarious tale features valuable themes of finding new friends, challenging peers, and questioning the rules. Readers will return to the story again and again to discover the quirks of every distinguished lemming while also learning about the importance of staying true to yourself amidst pressure to conform.
Publication Date: 3/1/2020
Page Count: 40
Size: 9-1/4″ x 11-3/4″
Age Range: 6 – 10
Themes: Friendship, Fitting In, Identity, Rules
BISAC 1: JUV039060 JUVENILE FICTION / Social Issues / Friendship
BISAC 2: JUV039200 JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Manners & Etiquette
BISAC 3: JUV039100 JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Peer Pressure
“Even the most rule-bound reader will be cheered up by these stodgy lemmings.” —Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW
“Colombet packs her story with vivid personalities (the earnest, wide-eyed lemmings are a collective hoot), visual jokes, and, as befits a large, opinionated community, many, many dialogue balloons. There is much to linger over and return to in these pages.” —Publishers Weekly
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Meet the Author/Illustrator
Julie Colombet began drawing and painting at an early age. She studied at Chaumont, France, where she discovered children’s illustrations—a universe and language that fascinated her. She has a great affection for creating characters and is the author of a number of French children’s books.