Sunday, June 12, 2022

"Kuma-Kuma Chan, the little Bear" - a bookwrap



Kuma-Kuma Chan, the Little Bear

by Kazue Takahashi, 高橋 和枝


* Ages:  4-6

* Grade Level:  PS+

* Hardcover:  52 pages

* Series:  Kuma-Kuma Chan

* Publisher:  Museyon

* Pub. Date:  Dec. 1, 2014

* ISBN-10:  1940842011

* ISBN-13:  978-1940842011

* Language:  English

Editorial Reviews 

“A delightful, engaging book for a broad audience.”

—Kirkus Reviews

“The antidote for your overscheduled, hurried and harried child.”

—Seven Impossible Things

“These incredibly simple little drawings are alive.” —Lisbeth Zwerger (Illustrator)

Unwrapping Some Illustrations 

The Book

Kuma-Kuma Chan is an adorable little bear who lives in a far away small house deep in the mountains.  He lives alone.  He fills his days with unhurried movements that make him happy.  He wakes up every morning and stretches, concocts a breakfast salad of tomatoes and lettuce, makes himself a cup of coffee, tidies up his home, shops at a bookstore, takes an afternoon nap, grooms himself, and takes time to daydream, just to name a few.  

Kuma-Kuma Chan has no problem living a solo life and always manages to fill his days with activities that he loves.   Finally at the close of the day he brushes his teeth and heads off to his comfy bed.  

The watercolour illustrations are minimalistic and kids will identify with his routines.  Each two page spread features text on the left and a soft-coloured pallet of illustrations on the right.  I love the book's simplicity and especially the sweet main character.  The book is very popular in Japan and elsewhere as kids can identity with the little bear as he travels through his day.  This gentle book is wonderful and I highly recommend it. 

Storywraps Rating - 5 HUGS! 


Meet the Author/Illustrator

“I used to be a designer at a stationery manufacturer. One day I drew a little bear and put it on letterhead. Although the letterhead didn’t sell well, my bear lived happily on in my heart. In 2001, I named him Kuma-Kuma Chan, and wrote about him. As time passed I forgot about him. When I thought about him again, I found he continued to enjoy his life and his simple way of living. So I wrote a new story about the bear who hadn’t changed, even though I had changed a little myself.”

—Kazue Takahashi, author/illustrator of Kuma-Kuma Chan Series


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