Thursday, March 5, 2015

Legs - a bookwrap

  1. Meerkat
  2. The meerkat or suricate is a small carnivoran belonging to the mongoose family. It is the only member of the genus Suricata. Wikipedia
  3. Scientific nameSuricata suricatta
  4. Lifespan12 – 14 y (In captivity)
  5. Tail length17 – 25 cm (Adult)   Higher classificationSuricata
  6. Mass0.72 kg on average (Adult, Female), 0.73 kg on average (Adult, Male)


    Authored by Sarah J. Dodd and illustrated by Giusi Capizzi.  Ages 2-6.

    Unwrapping the fabulous illustrations...

    The tale of a very small meerkat

    Miki and Mama live
    Under the ground,
    Under the zoo is 
    Where they are found.

    One bright sunny day
    Miki can't find his mama,
    She coaxes him out
    But he doesn't wanna.

    Once out in the world
    Excitement and fright
    Descend on poor Miki
    He doesn't feel right.  

    But mama and keeper
    So gently take care
    To keep Miki safe
    Not to go anywhere.

    Then Miki decides 
    To wander away
    All by himself ....
    He starts out to stray.

    But all he could see
    Were legs, legs and more...
    Then he spotted a pair
    That he'd seen once before.

    The kind, old zookeeper
    To those legs belonged,
    He scooped Miki up
    And took him along.

    The ocean of legs
    Turned into strange faces,
    Miki squealed with delight
    Saw his mom's and embraced it!

    This wonderful, heartwarming book is sure to pull at your heartstrings.  The illustrations are magnificent and the expressions tell the story all on their own.  Young and old alike will enjoy the story and identify with little Miki as he experiences the ultimate in nurturing and care....his very own mother's unconditional love.  

    DUBRAVKA KOLANOVIC, born 10.9.73, lives and works in Croatia. She studied at the Savannah College of Art and Design USA and went on to graduate from the Academy of Visual Arts in Zagreb in 1998. She has illustrated over 30 children’s books, cartoon books and school textbooks as well as UNICEF’s Christmas card. Her first picture picture book ‘A Special Day ‘ won the Landmark Editions (USA) Golden Award. The agent tells us that Dubravka has also illustrated some cards which have been sold to Paper Rose. She says this is sold through Smiths and John Lewis.

    Giusy Capizzi uses bold designs and playful images to engage and entertain the youngest readers.  While she began as a painter, Guisy is now a highly skilled digital artist who draws on her fine arts education in Italy to create irresistible illustrations.  When she is not drawing, Giusy loves to cook.

    Read on and read always!

    It's a wrap.

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