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 Dear Yeti
 Author: Kwan, James


 Publisher:  Farrar Straus Giroux
 Pub Year: 2015

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [33] p., col. ill., 21 x 26 cm.

 BTSB No: 535832 ISBN: 9780374300456
 Ages: 4-7 Grades: K-2

 Subjects:
 Yeti -- Fiction
 Hiking -- Fiction
 Letters -- Fiction
 Humorous fiction

Price: $6.50

Summary:
Told through a series of notes, two boys go on a hike hoping to find Yeti but run into trouble along the way.


Reviews:
   Kirkus Reviews (09/01/15)
   School Library Journal (10/01/15)
   Booklist (11/15/15)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 10/01/2015 K-Gr 2—A pair of young explorers venture into the frozen wilderness in search of the yeti. Although they experience setbacks along the way, the boys persist as they determine their potential friend's furry whereabouts. Their journey is chronicled in a series of brief notes to the infamous beast. "Dear Yeti, Morale is still high, but food supplies are low. Hikers." Though their paths do not initially cross, the child hikers' request for help is recognized when Yeti leaves them food and shelter along their journey. Bright blue backgrounds emphasize the spareness of the crisp outdoors. A little bird carries the letters as a means of communication between the parties and serves as a welcome ear when perched on Yeti's shoulders. Yeti makes his intentions clear when he approaches a grizzly bear with a declarative request: "Please don't eat my new friends." The sweet and fitting conclusion conveys a comforting resolution as Yeti carries the young hikers home, where they find a final letter from their gentle giant waiting for them. VERDICT This cool undertaking speaks volumes to the warm power of friendship and the thirst for adventure.—Meg Smith, Cumberland County Public Library, Fayetteville, NC - Copyright 2015 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

Booklist - 11/15/2015 Yetis have made several friendly appearances this year, and here comes yet another. In this cryptid encounter, two young hikers communicate with Yeti via written notes, delivered by a helpful bird. The boys alert Yeti that they’re searching for him, that they’re friendly, and that he shouldn’t be shy. Occasionally, the circumstances in which they’re searching become dire—food runs low, they’re lost, a grizzly bear attacks—and Yeti steps in each time to save them. He eventually delivers the boys back home, leaving a note of his own: “See you soon. Love, Yeti.” The spare text, consisting largely of the boys’ notes, and the equally austere and stylized illustrations are perfectly matched, creating a lighthearted and comical tone. Yeti himself is warm and fuzzy, with an appealingly round shape, looking much like a child in a furry brown costume. Long on imagination and short on detail (how exactly did Yeti subdue that grizzly?), this will have wide appeal. - Copyright 2015 Booklist.

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