Monday, December 26, 2016

There, There - a bookwrap

I hate it when it rains!  I hate staying inside, it's sooooo boring!  I can't have any fun and I would rather be outside in the sunshine and fresh air enjoying games and picnics.  I've just had it!!!!!!!!!

Oh my!


Authored by Tim Beiser and Illustrated by Bill Slavin

Ages 3-8

Unwrapping some fabulous illustrations for you....

About the book...

"When a sudden, heavy rain
Spoiled the lovely summer weather
Two old friends had to remain
In the den they shared together.
"Rain is boring," sighed the hare
Said the bear, "Poor thing!
There, there!" 

Thus begins the the charming tale, written in rhyme, about a very valuable life lesson that Rabbit learns from his best friend, Bear.

Everything Hare looks at he grumps about.  He despises the rain, he abhors the endless down pouring, he detests not being able to play and have picnics outdoor,  and even worse, he loathes that the carrots are moldy and the cupboards are infested.......... and on.........and on........ and on....... ad nauseum.  What a negative Nancy he is!!!

Bear responds to Hare's rants and tantrums by rolling his eyes and saying, "There, there."  Finally Bear cannot take it anymore and has absolutely enough of the negativity swirling around.   He drags his complaining, pouting friend outside into the mud and rain and teaches him a important life lesson simply by using a lowly earthworm as an example.

Bear talks to his friend about being grateful for what he has and not  to take things for granted. He points out that there are others far off worse than he is so please shed the Debbie Downer demeanour and get happy.  

"Yes, I see," the hare then sighed.
I have blessings by the plateful.
Take me home and we'll get dried.
And I'll try to be more grateful."

About the author...

Tim Beiser was born on April Fools’ Day in Los Angeles, California. After earning a degree in Economics at Rocky Mountain College in Montana, he moved to New York City where he spent sixteen years as a playwright and science fiction short-story writer. He was a writer-in-residence at the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico, and he founded the creative writing studio The Writer’s Workout in Manhattan. Like most New York artists, Tim has had many day jobs: a pastry chef, an architectural draftsman, a college teacher, a waiter, a nightclub performer, a computer repairman, and, lastly, an emergency medical technician for the Fire Department of New York, driving an ambulance. Tim received a B.A.A. in Journalism from Ryerson University and started a career as a freelance magazine writer. For his work in such publications as National Post Business, Toronto Life, Elm Street, Reader’s Digest, and Saturday Night, Tim has been nominated for four National Magazine Awards. Bradley McGogg, the Very Fine Frog is his first book for children. Tim Beiser is the proud dad of twins Rowan and Daniel, and he and his family split their time between Toronto, Canada and Grignan, France.

About the illustrator...

Bill Slavin has illustrated more than fifty books for children, including The Big Book of Canada, Bleeps and Blips to Rocket Ships and Shooting Hoops and Skating Loops. His work has received numerous awards, including the 2004 Blue Spruce Award and the 2004 CLA Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator's medal, both for his work on Stanley's Party. He shares his studio in Millbrook, Ontario with his wife, Esperança Melo.

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