Saturday, July 7, 2018

"Little You" - a bookwrap


Author: Richard Van Camp
Illustrator: Julie Flett

* Board Book
* Publisher: Orca Books Publishers
* Ages: 0-3
* Grade Level:  PS
* First published in 2013

From the Publisher

Richard Van Camp, internationally renowned storyteller and bestselling author of the hugely successful Welcome Song for Baby: A Lullaby for Newborns, has partnered with award-winning illustrator Julie Flett to create a tender board book for babies and toddlers that celebrates the potential of every child. With its delightful contemporary illustrations, Little You is perfect to be shared, read or sung to all the little people in your life—and the new little ones on the way!

Unwrapping how to use this book effectively

πŸ’œ a wonderful read-aloud story for babies and toddlers 
πŸ’œ a soothing book to calm and cuddle a fussy child
πŸ’œ use as a bedtime story or sing as a lullaby
πŸ’œ personalize the story as you read and serve with lots of hugs and love

Unwrapping some wonderful illustrations for you to enjoy

About the book

This is a gentle board book that is perfect to share with your little one at bedtime or anytime.  It is a celebration of a precious  new life that has gifted a loving couple.  

"Little You" features endearing rhythms and beautiful simple illustrations that are created with clean curvy lines, collage-like images and a calm soothing colour pallet.  It clearly expresses how the parents feel about their beloved child and the incredible joy the child brings to them daily. 

The book is written with heart and oozes love.  The message will resonate with both the reader and the child long after the story is ended.   Both collaborators are of aboriginal Canadian descent and it is a dual-language book from the publisher Orca.  The original English text is paired with a translation in Plains Cree which is so fascinating to see.  "Little You"  is an introduction to invite little readers to explore other languages while reading their favourite books!   

The last page sums up the message of the book perfectly:

"You are the birth of everything new
you are perfect
you are you!" 

I highly recommend this book.  

Storywraps Rating - 5+++ HUGS!!!!!

 About the author

Richard Van Camp is a proud member of the Dogrib (Tlicho) Nation from Fort Smith, NWT, Canada. A graduate of the En’owkin International School of Writing, the University of Victoria’s Creative Writing BFA Program, and the Master’s Degree in Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia, He taught creative writing at the University of British Columbia, worked as a creative-writing and storytelling instructor with the Emily Carr University of Art + Design and was the writer in residence at the University of Alberta for 2011 and 2012 and at MacEwan University in Edmonton, Alberta, in 2013 and 2014. His novel The Lesser Blessed is now a movie with First Generation Films.

Meet the illustrator

Julie Flett studied fine arts at Concordia University in Montreal and Emily Carr University of Art + Design in Vancouver. She received the Christie Harris Illustrated Children’s Literature Prize and was nominated for the Governor Genera’s Award for Children’s Literature for her book Owls See Clearly at Night (Lii Yiiboo Nayaapiwak lii Swer): A Michif Alphabet (L’alphabet di Michif). Julie is Cree-MΓ©tis and currently lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.

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