Posts Tagged ‘seasons’

Emmett and Caleb by Karen Hottois & Delphine Renon

February 18, 2019 Comments off

emmettEmmett and Caleb by Karen Hottois & Delphine Renon. Pub. Book Island, 2018.

This feel good picture book about two friends going through a year together is a delight to read.

Emmett has a small green house and next door is Caleb’s house with blue shutters. Emmett is a get up and go sort of person but knows how to relax and Caleb is a lie in bed person and you accept him for what he is.

It starts in spring when all good stories start and eases into summer. Then the friends fall out a bit and both successfully patch it up. Autumn arrives with a gust of wind and winter beckons with a freshly fallen silent shroud of snow.

The illustrations are perfect, pen and ink drawings with water colours. The detail in the illustrations will make you wonder and smile. Aah if only life were this simple and easy.

A story for everybody.

The Lion and The Bird by Marianne Dubuc

December 4, 2015 Comments off

lion & birdThe Lion and The Bird by Marianne Dubuc. Pub. Book Island 2015.

One of the picture books of the year this.

Lion with his carefully groomed mane, his pensive look and his dungarees lives a lonely but fulfilling life tending his garden, fishing in the lake and reading by the fire at night. But there is something missing.

As summer turns to autumn and the birds start migrating lion is joined by a young bird who has broken his wing and cannot complete the journey with the other birds.

Lion nurtures the bird back to fitness and the two share lion’s cottage, he has the room. Bird sleeps in lion’s slipper and winter passes all too quickly.

In spring bird returns to his flock and lion ponders his lonely life. Will bird return? Read it and find out.

Splendid pen and ink and watercolour illustrations showing the seasons and the beauty of the simple life. The use of a double page whiteout beautifully describes winter and later a musical note promises lion hopes.

Minimal text means you can add your own storytelling to it. My granddaughters aged 4 & 6 love it.