Together by Jane Chapman – Book Review

Together by Jane Chapman – Book Review

Together by Jane Chapman


Author – Jane Chapman
Publisher – Little Tiger Press
Pages – 32
Released – 5th August 2021
ISBN-13 – 978-1788816809
Format – paperback, hardcover
Rating – 4 Stars
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Hidden under shady leaves, a tiny gorilla’s face peeps out – silent and alone. But out in the world, friendship awaits. And there is joy to be found . . . together.

A tender story about finding a way through sadness and the importance of compassion and connection in a challenging world.

Review by Stacey

In a busy world, Together by Jane Chapman is a slow, comfortable, tranquil read about sadness and the importance of friendship.

Baby gorilla is alone and sad. He sits silently in the trees watching the rainfall and smelling the food that is drifting from afar. That is until a bigger gorilla appears and offers him the hand of friendship.

Baby is feeling happier now that someone is there to share their food, family, and fun times with him. He still feels sad sometimes but he knows he has a friend who will be there for him.

The illustrations throughout are full-page and just like the front cover they are a mixture of greens, greys, and blacks. The images are very subdued and whilst I normally don’t like pictures like this in a children’s book, preferring vivid and bright colours to keep their attention and interest, the colours and the dullness of them work to great a calming and relaxing feel.

The plot is very sweet and the message of friendship and compassion is strong, though I do feel the book needs to be read slowly and the words and illustrations combined to fully understand the meaning. Together is emotional and thought-provoking and I enjoyed reading it immensely.

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Author Info

Jane Chapman has been illustrating children’s books for over twenty-five years. She loves to paint snow, especially when the weather is hot, but she gets very cross with her cat when he sits in her paint.

Jane lives in south-west England with her two sons.

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