The Society of Distinguished Lemmings

In a society of lemmings, can a bear ever belong?
Price: $17.99
  • ISBN: 9781682631560
  • Publication date: 03/01/2020
  • Page Count: 40
  • Size: 9-1/4" x 11-3/4"
  • Age Range: 6-10


In a society of lemmings, can a bear ever belong?

The Society of Distinguished Lemmings aims to be distinguished in absolutely everything. It takes an awful lot of rules to be so distinguished, including: no rolling around, no climbing about, and certainly no splashing in the mud! But Bertie has had quite enough of the society and all its rules. After venturing outside, Bertie discovers a bear, who is very unlike a lemming. With the bear’s help, Bertie learns that prancing about in the wild is quite a lot of fun! But when the other lemmings find out about the bear, they decide everything about him will have to change if he’s ever to fit in. Will the Society ever accept Bertie’s new friend, or is the bear simply too big and clumsy of a creature to be distinguished?

This hilarious tale features valuable themes of finding new friends, challenging peers, and questioning the rules. Readers will return to the story again and again to discover the quirks of every distinguished lemming while also learning about the importance of staying true to yourself amidst pressure to conform.


Julie Colombet


Julie Colombet began drawing and painting at an early age. She studied at Chaumont, France, where she discovered children’s illustrations—a universe and language that fascinated her. She has a great affection for creating characters and is the author of a number of French children’s books


“Even the most rule-bound reader will be cheered up by these stodgy lemmings.” —Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW

“This debut picture book requires multiple reads to absorb all of the humor in the various lemmings’ conversations and activities like dressing and packing. A quirky addition.” —School Library Journal

“Colombet packs her story with vivid personalities (the earnest, wide-eyed lemmings are a collective hoot), visual jokes, and, as befits a large, opinionated community, many, many dialogue balloons. There is much to linger over and return to in these pages.” —Publishers Weekly

“Colombet’s story of friendship and embracing differences shines most in its endearing pencil illustrations, digitally colored in rustic tones. Speech bubbles scatter across scenes crowded with lemmings, resulting in an adorable and hilarious peanut gallery guaranteed to elicit giggles from little readers.” —Booklist


Parents’ Choice Recommended Award —Parents’ Choice Foundation, 2020


Resources: Discussion Guide, Other

Discussion Guide
Personality Quiz

More Details

F&P: M, Gr 2, Genre F
Lexile: 490L
Themes: Friendship, Fitting In, Identity, Rules
BISAC 1: JUV039060 JUVENILE FICTION / Social Issues / Friendship
BISAC 2: JUV039200 JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Manners & Etiquette
BISAC 3: JUV039100 JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Peer Pressure

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