Saturday, October 3, 2015

Emma's Extra Snacks - a bookwrap

Unwrapping today's book...

Authored by Anne Paradis

Illustrated by Eric Sévigny

In collaboration with the American Diabetes Association

Unwrapping some illustrations...

About the book...

Caillou is painting at his preschool when he notices his friend Emma is peeling an orange.  He assumes it's snack time and goes to get  his lunchbox to indulge also.  His teacher, Miss Martin tells him it is not snack time yet and he gets confused.  Why is Emma eating an orange?

"Emma has permission to eat extra snacks throughout the day, she said."  

That does not seem fair to Caillou.  Miss Martin stops the class activities, sits them all down, and explains to them that Emma has special permission because she has type 1 diabetes. She assures the children that they cannot catch it and that Emma needs extra food so she won't feel dizzy or tired as her day progresses.   

Caillou takes it upon himself to reach out to Emma and protect her because of her illness. Emma teaches Caillou that even though she will have Diabetes 1 for the rest of her life she is still able to play, run and have fun just like the all the other kids, why she even beats him in a race.  This eases his mind greatly and he now understands that Emma is taking all the precautions she needs to live a normal, happy life. She's pretty darn smart.

The book includes a poster created by the American Diabetes Association.  The illustrations are bright, colourful and visually give a greater understanding of what Emma has to go through to keep her Diabetes 1 under control.  This is a wonderful book to educate your child on this subject. I am sure it will create a lot of meaningful discussion between you and your child regarding Diabetes.  

About the illustrator...

Eric Sévigny is born in 1975 on the south shore of Montreal (Quebec, Canada). This metropolis is well-known internationally for its creativity, especially in art, fashion and publicity. Therefore at an early age, Eric benefited from an exposure to different artistic techniques. He is also really involved into sports and well appreciated by the community.307_60011565236_1241_n
Influenced by cartoon strips and comic books, Eric studied in Fine Arts and commercial drawings which lead him to work as a caricaturist, cartoonist and graphic designer.

Meticulous, fascinated and interested by all Art forms, his gift opened the door to Cinar Animation Studio where he worked for five years mastering many functions. First at Cinar Animation on different television series, and then at Cinar Design as illustrator and style guide supervisor of famous characters, like Caillou, Arthur, Paddington Bear.

At the same time, his talent in animation and artistic direction expanded during the production of three interactive Caillou CD-ROMs, as well as, in the design and animation of their Website, winner of a Mobius prize in 2000. His in-depth knowledge of the character, his professionalism and reputation created a strong base to start his own company and landed him opportunities in prestigious companies such as Fisher-Price, LeapFrog, Mega-Bloks, Irwin Toys, Littles Tikes for whom he supervises and develops licensing products for famous characters like Scooby-Doo, Looney-Tunes, Winnie the Pooh.

Reluctant to stop there and the desire to expand is creative horizons led Eric to Europe, mainly in Prague, Berlin and Warsaw. In Prague, one of the most beautiful cities in the world, Eric reveals new aspects of his talent and decided to focus on the pictorial side of his work, there he makes his first acrylic work.

His primary inspiration, the woman, the one he has been admiring and studying for years. His paintings are a fresh look on the beauty, sensuality and mysteriousness of today’s woman.

Read on and read always!

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