Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Kuma-Kuma Chan's Home - a bookwrap


by Kazue Takahashi

Ages 3-5

Unwrapping some illustrations for you...

About the book...

This quiet, unassuming, simple little book is the second book in the series and was translated from Japanese into English.   Kuma-Kuma Chan tranlates "cute little bear." 

A young boy receives an invitation to visit his bear friend who lives a fair distance away.  In order to meet up with him the boy must ride a train, get on a bus, and finally walk the last distance to his destination.  They spend a lovely day together having tea, (bear tea of course), a sumptuous meal of rich salmon catch, watching television together while feasting on chocolates that the little boy brought, and just hanging out enjoying each other's company.  The little boy then checks his watch and realizes it's time to return home.  He leaves very contented knowing that their bond of friendship is even better after their day together.

When he first arrives at bear's home their initial encounter is awkward and it's hard to get a conversation going but by the end of the day they both realize that long chats are not necessary between good friends.  They both find it is pleasant and comforting just to be in each other's company and to share good food and each other's hearts.  The reader learns a valuable lifelesson... friendship can be peaceful and calming and bring great happiness just by "being" there for one another.  I highly recommend this book.

Advance Praise for the book...

“These incredibly simple little drawings are alive. The bear has a soul. You open the book and look into a small but totally convincing world. Lovely.”
—Lisbeth Zwerger, on Kuma-Kuma Chan, The Little Bear in an article from Kirkus Reviews

With an invitingly small trim size and easy-to-track action, this title can be perused by pre-readers employing their narrative skills independently or shared with a loved one for an interlude of calm and contentment. —Kirkus Reviews

About the author...

Kazue Takahashi (1971–) was born in Kanagawa Prefecture and graduated from Tokyo Gakugei University. She made her debut as a picture-book author with Kumakuma-chan (Kuma-Kuma-chan the Little Bear) in 2001, and also works as an illustrator for other authors. Her picture books include Nyāko-chan (Nyāko the Cat), Risu denwa (The Squirrel Telephone System), Kuma no ko no toshikoshi (Little Bear Sees In the New Year), and Ame no hi no Kuma-chan (Rainy Day Bear). Titles she has illustrated include Nē, ohanashi kikasete (Tell Me a Story; text by Kyōko Hara) and Dareka-san no kaban (Somebody’s Canvas Bag; story by Miyako Moriyama).

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