Brown, Peter The Wild Robot, 276 pages. Little, Brown, 2016. $17. Language: G; Mature Content: G; Violence: PG (robots being torn apart).
When the robot is awakened for the first time, she finds herelf, as she eventually discovers, on a remote island, populated only by wild animals. Determined to make friends, she immerses herself in animal languages and culture, until she can communicate. When he accidentally kills a goose family, she takes in the remaining egg, and thus begins the robot’s real integration into the island society. When the original manufacturer hears about the robot’s existence, he sends other robots to “salvage” the parts and the island inhabitants leap to her defense.
A poignant portrayal of a future possibility that would be an excellent choice for a classroom or bedtime read aloud. Lots of room for discussion about the animals’ behaviors and the robot’s choices, including the idea of what makes something sentient.
EL – ESSENTIAL. Cindy, Library teacher