Wednesday, June 7, 2017

"Shelter" - a bookwrap

Shelter from the storm.  You are welcome to share it with me!  Please come in.



Authored by Céline Claire
Illustrated by Qin Ling

Age Range: 4 - 7 years
Grade Level: Preschool - 2

Unwrapping some fabulous illustrations for you....

About the book...

This heartwarming book is the epitome of how those seeking solace  from a huge storm should be treated.  It highlights the vital importance of practising kindness, generosity and hospitality to those seeking a safe haven from peril.   

A small community of animals are preparing for a huge winter storm that is blowing into their midst.  They gather wood and store up food to ensure their families will be protected from the harsh tempest.  They seal off their homes and hunker down safe and warm while the raging storm blows furiously outside.  

Two bears that are strangers to the area residents are passing through and come knocking on doors seeking shelter and some comfort food until the storm passes.  They come offering tea for their admittance in hope that some generous animal will open up their doors for them and let them come in and abide a while.  

"The wind is cold.  In exchange for some tea, could we warm ourselves by your fire?"

Alas, no one will allow them entry even though each family is snug and comfortable inside their hovels.  The bears must move on and finally out of desperation they decide to create their own make-shift, temporary shelter to shield them from the raging elements swirling all around them.

The fox family experiences a disaster in their den and now it's their turn to go out into the wicked storm and try to seek help from the others.  They see a light up ahead and can smell the scent of ginger and cinnamon..... mmmmmm!

"The wind is cold and the night is dark.  In exchange for some cookies, would you share your shelter with us?'

 Who do you suppose the animals were that reached out to this devastated family in their desperate time of need and welcomed them warmly into their abode?  I think you can guess right?  

This is a sweet story that has a wonderful life lesson to proclaim.  Its message is simple and clear... take a risk, reach out to those in need and be kind and generous to them.  The principal of reciprocity rings true - we pay back what we receive from others, in other words, if John does you a favour, you're likely to return it to him. What goes around comes around is another way of putting it. 

The illustrator uses warm soft colours to visually tell the tale.  The ink and watercolour illustrations are perfect for the narrative.  I highly recommend this book. 

Storywraps rating - 5 HUGS!!!!

About the author...

Céline Claire taught elementary school for a time, but now spends her days writing.  She is the author of many books for children and young readers; "Shelter" is the first to be made available in English.  Céline lives in a small village in France with her family. 

About the illustrator...

Qin Leng was born in Shanghai, China, and later moved to France and then Montreal, Canada. She now lives in Toronto, Canada, with her twin sister and works as a designer and illustrator. Her books have been nominated for numerous prizes, including the prestigious Governor General's Literary Award.

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