Saturday 6 January 2024


Anchored by Debra Tidball, illustrated by Arielle Li (EK Books) HB RRP $24.99 ISBN 9781922539496

Reviewed by Kylie Buckley

Tug is sad as she watches Ship leave the dock and head out into the vast ocean. She tries to keep herself busy working but feels less brave and more alone when Ship is miles away. Tug wonders if Ship misses her as much as she misses Ship. She is excited when Ship eventually returns and listens intently to what Ship has been doing and where they have been. Tug is surprised to hear that even though they were oceans away, she was in Ship’s heart and helped them to feel brave and less alone.

Anchored is a picture book with bold illustrations, anthropomorphic characters, and a gentle narrative. Its themes include emotional connections, separation anxiety, love, and resilience. Anchored is an empowering story recommended for an early childhood audience. It is sure to bring comfort to any child who spends extended periods apart from a loved one.

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