Pom and Pim by Lena and Olof Landstrom
A picture book from Sweden with only 84 words in which writer and illustrator work in perfect harmony.
Pom has golden hair and wears a long sweater with four buttons keeping it together. He carries an obscure cuddly toy that he cherishes and calls Pim.
Their day together has its ups and downs and starts with Pom tripping over a rock which is bad luck, but finding some money which is good luck. He buys an ice cream but gets a stomach ache. And so on until the ending where Pom shows a great bit of initiative.
Most children become attached to a toy and the way they treat it often reflects how they perceive the world. Pom is just great.
The illustrations are simple and show the character of Pom. The action is easily understood with both one page and two page illustrations. The pastel colours are restful and in spite of the up and down nature of the action the atmosphere is peaceful and under control.
A great read-a-loud for pre school children and a good purchase for the home or school library. My pre school granddaughters loved it. The ice cream is their favourite part.