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Des articles en anglais sur le meilleur de la production éditoriale (picture books)

The Bear and the Piano

The Bear and the Piano is a beautifully illustrated children’s book with undertones of adult themes written in a story relatable to children and enjoyed by all audiences.

A classic tale of someone striving to achieve their dreams, the bear returns from the city to discover the warm embrace of friends and family waiting for him in the forest. Children will learn that they can choose to follow their dreams and no matter where they end up they will have the love and support of friends and family.

The author has an obvious passion for illustration and the drawings enhance the already charming story. Despite the main character being a bear, he is depicted in a human way and his relationship with the piano will resonate with children.

This story is most suitable for audiences aged 5 – 11 years.

Link to Véronique’s French review

The Bear and the Piano. David Litchfield. Frances Lincoln Children’s Books, 2015

P. Zonka Lays an Egg

Extraordinary hen P. Zonka spends her time taking in the beauty around her: shiny green grass, buttery yellow dandelions, deep blue sky. The other hens can’t understand why she never lays eggs like they do. Finally, P. Zonka gives in and lays an egg. To everyone’s delight, she produces a wondrous egg containing all the colors and designs that she stores in her imagination.

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ABCXYZ by Adrienne Barman

abcxyz_couvFunny flamingos, cute koalas, and orange orangutans are just some of the animals who bring the pages of this illustrated alphabet book to life!

ABCXYZ is not just any alphabet book! If your family enjoys learning languages you’ll love how each letter of the alphabet introduces you to animals that have the same name in different languages. For example, B is buffalo (in English), buffle (en Francais),  bufalo (in Italiano), búfalo (en Espanol) and Buffel (en Deutsch).

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Adrienne Barman’s illustrations are large, striking, and full of character thanks to her quirky-eyed creatures . It’s a great follow-on from her book ‘Creaturepedia (Welcome to the Greatest Show on Earth)’ and is also full of wonderful pictures to ignite the imagination.

As well as finding this book fun to look at, we also learnt about some unusual animals such as the dromedary, jabiru , quetzal and narwhal.

About the author

Adrienne Barman spent her childhood in the highlands of Southern Switzerland and obtained her graphics diploma at Lugano. In 2001 she moved to Geneva, where she worked for five years with the collective SO2 Design while also working with Le Courrier. She also enjoyed being close to wildlife there. Since 2007 she has devoted herself to illustrating for publishing and press, and lives in Bordeaux, France.

Activity

Here are a few of my favourite hands-on activities that make learning about the alphabet fun for little ones!