Time to Roar By Olivia A. Cole & Jessica Gibson

Back of Book:

Sasha the bear loves the meadow in her forest more than anything. But when great yellow beasts threaten to cut and burn the forest, Sasha and the other animals must find a way to stop them.

“Don’t go roaring,” squirrel tells Sasha. The bird tries singing sweetly. The rabbit tries thumping to distract them. The deer tries running to lead them away. But none of these things stop the machines. Must they all run and hide? Sasha the bear knows they need something louder, something bigger, something more powerful. And Sasha knows her voice–her roar–is the most powerful tool she has. 

My Review:

I received a copy of this picture book from Bloombury Press in exchange for an honest review. 

“Time to Roar” by Olivia A. Cole is a timely and powerful picture book about finding your voice in the midst of noise. The story follows a group of animals as they try to scare away the great yellow beasts. Each animal attempts different calm techniques to scare off the yellow beasts. The bluebird, the rabbits, and the deer, gently react but nothing stops the machines. Sasha the bear, knows that it is up to her to take a stand so she goes out and roars! The illustrations by Jessica Gibson are filled with warm colors and intricate details that bring the forest to life. The message of this story shows readers that it is okay to be assertive and take a stand for what is right. The book also allows readers to see the harm of deforestation and how humans are harming our environment. A sweet and empowering story. 

Ages 5 and up

32 Pages 

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