Reading/Interest Level: Toddler, Preschool
Author: Jim Averbeck
Illustrator: Amy Hevron
Publisher: Roaring Book Press
When life gives you lemons, what do you do? This darling picture book tells the story of a lonely little yellow canary. One day, Trevor notices a friend just outside of his comfy cage. He ventures out and even shares his prized stripy seeds with his new friend, who just so happens to be a bright yellow lemon. Although the lemon doesn’t say much, Trevor finds joy in his companionship with his new unlikely friend. That is until one day, a gust of wind blows him far away. Trevor is devastated. But, thanks to his kindness towards his yellow friend, Trevor is able to create more friendships while never forgetting his old one.
Trevor is a heartwarming story for children of all ages. It’s filled with fun and silly sounds that kids will love to repeat (“Chur weeee chiddle chiddle”). Although the story of a lonely bird befriending then losing a lemon could be interpreted as quite sad, the bright and cheerful illustrations keep the book light-hearted and fun. Silly dialogue between Trevor and the lemon help contribute to this sweet tone. There are a variety of morals that can be taken from the story: Getting outside of your comfort zone, dealing with loneliness, sharing with others, and making new friends. Or, it could just be read as a silly story about a confused bird. For this reason, this simple story could be used by teachers or parents to teach children a variety of lessons, depending on what’s helpful for them.