Tuesday, December 3, 2019

"My Bison" - a bookwrap

A little girl and a bison form a bond of love that cannot be broken.  It is a love that lasts forever!  Enjoy their heartwarming story...


My Bison
Book by Gaya Wisniewski

* Ages:  4-7
* Grade Level:  PS-2
* Hardcover:  36 pages
* Publisher:  Princeton Architectural Press
* Pub. Date:  March 3, 2020
* Language:  English

Unwrapping some beautiful illustrations for you to enjoy

About the Story

 It is Springtime and a little unnamed girl is walking in the tall grass with her mother.   Her mother scoops her up in her arms so she can take a peek at a bison that is not far off.   

Every day after the little girl returns to the same place... and so does the bison.  They get closer and closer to each other and finally a strong bond occurs between the two. 

She begins bringing him things to eat that she makes and one morning her bison leaves to join up with the other bison in his herd. 

The girl is very lonely without him but when it is winter once again he returns.  They enjoy each other's company around a fire as she tells him countless stories of what she has been up to in his absence.  Years pass and each grow older and then one winter her bison doesn't return.  She looks for him everywhere throughout the forest but she never finds him.  He is gone.  Although her loss is heartbreaking she comes to the realization that no matter what her bison will aways be in the spring flowers, the sounds in the forest, and in every snowflake... but especially he will always be in her heart.  He has never left at all!  She can feel him beside her. 

This wonderful story is about acceptance, love, loss and grief.  The illustrations are portrayed in charcoal and ink and are hauntingly beautiful.  Wisniewski enriches her drawings by gradually adding touches of blue water-colour.  The book is a perfect catalyst to spark conversations about sometimes difficult subjects to discuss with kids.  I highly recommend this story.

Storywraps Rating - 5 +++HUGS

Meet the Author/Illustrator

Born into an artistic family, Gaya Wisniewski studied illustration at the Saint-Luc Institute in Brussels. While teaching drawing at Le Wolf, a center for children's literature in Belgium, she fell in love with storytelling. My Bison is her first book in English. She now lives in France.

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