The Society of Distinguished Lemmings

Ages: 6 - 10Publisher: Peachtree Publishers Author/Illustrator: Julie Colombet


In first-time children’s author Julie Colombet’s delightful illustrations (rendered in pencil and digitally colored), all manner of self-satisfied, furry little rodents are seen in their comfortable accommodations underground as they adhere to the strict rules of their Society of Distinguished Lemmings, where being different is a no-no. Bertie earns disapproval by becoming friends with a bear (this “is not how things are done”). The Society ostracizes Bertie and rejects the bear for being not at all “Distinguished,” but its stuffy members change their tune when they misjudge an ocean swim and the bear comes to their rescue. Columbet delivers the book’s message of inclusion with charm and sly humor—the lemmings’ dialogue, captured in comic strip-style balloons, is a hoot.


Lynne Heffley ©2020 Parents’ Choice

A freelance writer and editor for the arts and non-profit organizations, Lynne is a former staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, where she established the paper’s first weekly children’s arts and entertainment beat

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