Book Review of Stephen Cosgrove's Serendipity Books by Mary Louise Hunt

I was first introduced to the books of Stephen Cosgrove by a friend (Linda Wiltse) who loved rabbits.  The series was first published in 1988 and it became of favorite family read aloud.  Not only was I impressed with the storyline and the “moral of the story”, but I found the illustrations to be intriguing and charming.  There are so many fascinating characters in his stories and lessons to be learned and taught.  I was hooked on this author and of course I took the love of these books to my third grade classroom.  Most of these books are written on a 3rd grade level, however children of any age will understand the message and love the illustrations.  I had a stuffed Leo the Lop in my classroom and a rather fat orange cat named Catundra.  When I left teaching I gave all of these beloved books away to my students.  Now that I am at the Library, I realized that there was still a need for these books.  We now have a substantial collection and I love to share these books with our patrons. I was very pleased to find out that they have been republished and are available at Amazon and other books stores.  If you want to know more about this series, go to www.stephencosgrove.com/about.htm.  Follow the link at the bottom of the page to his catalog.  Remember the lesson that Leo learned, “Normal is whatever I am. And normal is whoever you are!”  

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