The Society of Distinguished Lemmings
The Society of Distinguished Lemmings

The Society of Distinguished Lemmings

Written and illustrated by Julie Colombet
6 - 10
Reading age
Page count
Mar 1, 2020
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Chattering lemmings spin a shallow tale of friendship with a bear.

The lemmings are a distinguished group with particular rules that must be followed. With all of their events and activities, Bertie just needs a bit of peace and quiet . . . so he climbs up to go outside, where he comes face to face with a bear. The two become instant friends as Bertie realizes he enjoys Bear’s favorite activities (which happen to break Lemming rules). But when all of the lemmings spill out of the ground, they don’t think bear is quite up to snuff and decide to take a vacation. Meanwhile, Bertie and Bear are reading A Short History of Lemmings, which states that lemmings, when migrating, sometimes try and swim too far and drown. Bear and Bertie race to the water and save the lemming crew just in time, earning Bear a spot in their distinguished society and displaying the lesson that you don’t have to be the same to have worth. The illustrations show each hair on the animals and their beady eyes, capturing an eccentric feel to match the clever, yet excessive captions of the chattery lemmings. The storyline, though full of potential and style, feels pedantic and long, ultimately lacking development and depth in Bertie and Bear’s instantaneous friendship.

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  • Bertie had to go outside when he was feeling overwhelmed and surrounded by noise. What do you do to feel better when you feel overwhelmed? Does going outside like Bertie help you calm down?
  • The lemmings have a lot of little comments to say about everything going on around them. As you read through their speech bubbles, did you find any comments that were particularly clever or funny? What would your reaction be if you were a lemming who came outside to find a bear?


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Book Details

Publication Date
March 1, 2020
Peachtree Publishing Company
Illustration Details
The illustrations were rendered in pencil and colored digitally.
Page Count
Reading Age
6 - 10 years
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WorldCat Number (OCLC)

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