Tuesday, April 13, 2021

"Mika and the Dragonfly" - a bookwrap



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Mika and the Dragonfly

Author: Ellen Delange

Illustrator: Martina Schachenhuber


* Ages:  4-7

* Grade Level:  PS-2

* Hardcover:  32 pages

* Publisher:  Clavis

* Pub. Date:  Aug. 6, 2021

Language: English

Unwrapping Some Illustrations for You

The Book

This delightful story stars a little shy girl named Mika.  She doesn't have the confidence to play with the other children so she sits under her favourite tree and observes them.  As she is sitting there some dragonflies swoop by.  She focuses on them and then notices one struggling on the ground.  She runs over to see what is wrong and discovers that he is missing a wing.  With her compassionate heart she tenderly picks him up and takes him home hoping she can help him fly once again. 

Mika tries many different methods to try to get him airborne.  Will she succeed?  This sweet story is about helping others and in so doing learn how to fly yourself.  

The illustrations enrich the text and I love adorable Mika who is caring and tenderhearted.  She also is a problem solver which I like.  Kids are encouraged to ascertain the wonders of nature that they see all around them.  I highly recommend this book. 

Storywraps Rating - 5 HUGS! 


Meet the Author

Ellen DeLange has been fascinated by picture books ever since she was a child growing up in the Netherlands. In the attic of her home, she assembled a small library and shared her collection with friends and family. As an adult, she started traveling and expanded her library with picture books from all over the world. Ellen also enjoyed inventing her own stories and was encouraged by her daughter to write her first picture book, A Story with a Tale. Ellen has a doctorate in medical sciences and currentlylives in Canada where she loves to walk in the woods with her Jack Russell terriers, drink lots of tea after a busy day, and sail on the ocean to clear her mind.

About the Illustrator

Martina Heiduczek grew up in a small village on the Baltic Sea in Germany. Here she used to gallop through the forests on her Shetland pony, but she also loved to read and draw. After her study design and illustration in Hamburg, Martina moved to Australia. She creates funny illustrations in a mixture of digital and traditional media, like gouache, colored pencil and layers of scanned pictures. Her work is inspired by nature, people, her two home countries and the emotionally moving and silly things she sees… Magic is everywhere!


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