Lyn is just a regular boy. He lives a regular life with a regular dog, regular friends, and a regular family. One day, while trying to fight off the boredom of his ho-hum life, Lyn stumbles across a strange pet shop filled with all sorts of unusual creatures. However, all he can afford is a mysterious “fuzzy seed.” The shopkeeper instructs Lyn to “sprinkle lightly with love, add a portion of trust, and wrap it all in a dream, then plant it deep while the sun is high and warm.”
Lyn does as he’s told, and his seed soon sprouts a downy flower that grows into a giant, furry beast! The friendly creature becomes the boy’s best friend. Fuzzy is his name, and he makes even ordinary games amazing! However, with the coming of the cold winds, Lyn must face a hard lesson.
From the mind of prolific author and illustrator James Rice comes a touching tale about the fleeting days of a childhood summer and the power of a dream. Rice’s characteristic style permeates the drawings, capturing the simple charm of the South. Vibrant animals and luscious plants accompany a richly imaginative text, providing a book to be read again and again.
About the Author/Illustrator
James Rice (1934-2004), in his long, distinguished career as an author and illustrator, produced more than sixty children’s books, among them several additions to The Night Before Christmas Series. Cajun Night Before Christmas®, Rice’s first book, has been nationally recognized as a classic in its genre. Rice taught art and music at both high school and college levels and loved teaching children the joys of writing and illustrating. With more than 2.5 million copies of his books in print, Rice ranks among the nation’s best-selling creators of children’s books, having received awards from Printer Industries of America and the Children’s Book Council.
LYN AND THE FUZZY
Written and illustrated by James Rice
JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / General
40 pp. 8 1/2 x 11
31 color illus.
Ages 5-8 Grades K-3