Thursday, September 10, 2020

"Bear Is Not Sleepy" - a bookwrap


It's fall and the geese are flying in a lovely V-formation heading south for the winter.  Bear decides to skip his log winter nap and follow suit.  After all he is not at all sleepy but can he really accomplish that?  


Bear Is Not Sleepy

Authored by Jelleke Rijken
Illustrated by Mack van Gageldonk

* Ages:  3+
* Grade Level:  PS-2
* Length:  32 pages
* Publisher:  Clavis Pub, 2020
* Pub. Date:  November 3, 2020
* Language:  English

Editorial Review

This simple story opens the door to exploration of sophisticated concepts." - Kirkus Reviews
It’s almost winter. Bear is getting ready to go to sleep. But when he sees birds flying south, Bear decides he wants to go too! Bear isn’t sleepy . . . yet . . .

Unwrapping Some Illustrations for You

The Book

Winter is fast approaching and Bear is preparing for his long winter's nap.  He looks up and sees birds flying overhead in the sky. They are flying south to warmer temperatures and he decides he'd like to go there too.  He doesn't seem sleepy yet and he'd love the adventure of skipping out on his hibernation ritual.  

His friends elephant and chicken decide to accompany him on this very long trek to find "warm."  They pass through a dark forest, float across a river, cross a great cliff, ( he's not feeling sleepy yet ), and through a desert, (he's not even sleepy yet), then he spots the warm place across the water and he's... beginning to feel... a bit tired... now.  Oh my! 

Will bear make it to his long-awaited destination or will his weary body cave?  Will he finally succumb to sleep or will he cozy down  and spend his winter with the birds in the land of warm? 

This delightful book is about adventure, friendship, and being yourself.   The illustrations are simple and small so it will work best one-on-one rather than in a group.   Bear discovers that home is where the heart is and his own bed, in his own cave, is best for him. I recommend this book.   

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Meet the Author

Jelleke Rijken (1973, Wassenaar, the Netherlands) knew from a young age already she wanted to become a teacher. So she attended a teacher's training college and has been working at a school since 1996. She also runs a private practice to help children by way of meditation, coaching, and massage. Jelleke has always been fond of books. As a child, she would get lost in a story. She couldn't stop reading and so she continued even when she should go to sleep, with a flashlight under her blanket. Her son Matthijs cannot read for himself yet, but every night his parents choose a book from the family bookshelves to read aloud for him. The questions the boy asks while listening are invitations for philosophical talks between child and parents. Jelleke is very keen on her book 'Dag opa' ('Goodbye, grandpa'). When she was young, she lost her father. This experience made her write this book, hoping the subject of death can be discussed in an open and honest way by parents and children.

About the Illustrator

Mack (1960, the Netherlands) is a graphic designer and illustrator from The Netherlands. He was educated at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague. During his education, he made funny and educational cartoons about, among others, penguins and whales. These cartoons were later bought by the 'Diergaarde Blijdorp'-zoo in Rotterdam. By now Mack is a regular illustrator at this animal park and he is the author of several children's books, in which animals often are the lead characters.
Mack has a primitive way of drawing. He gets inspired by African art and the paintings of the Australian aboriginals. Both create immense power by simplifying shapes. Mack wants to combine that powerful simplification with a subtle sense of humor.
"In my books I try to teach children something in a funny way," Mack says. "If I draw a penguin, it doesn't matter to me that much how pretty he is or how good of a swimmer he is. What I want to show the most is how baggy he stands on the ice and how funny his walk is. That funny bagginess is what I try to catch in a couple of lines. Only when children can laugh about it, I think to myself: 'Yes, I did it’."

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