Posts Tagged ‘Marianne Dubuc’

Mr Postmouse goes on holiday

Written and illustrated by Marianne Dubuc

Translated by Greet Pauwelijn

ISBN 9781911496045

Book Island

In the first book Here comes Mr Postmouse author and illustrator Marianne Dubuc introduced us to the daily routines of Mr Postmouse as he delivered letters and parcels to animal folk everywhere. In this second book we find Mr Postmouse and his family; Mrs Postmouse and children, Pierrot, Pipsqueak and Lulu taking a holiday all over the world. As we move through the pages we meet lots of animals and visit many different places. I particularly love the ladybugs and all the rosy cheeks of the animals and small creatures.

Family is important here with even the youngest of the mice sharing responsibilities helping to make the holiday the best it can be.

The large portrait size picture book is great for sharing and with it’s bright and busy illustrations it is not difficult to find yourself spending quite some time pointing out the different animals. There are sloths, frogs, tigers, even penguins and polar bears to search out and enjoy a  conversation over, with young ones. A good book to share.

 

Fox and Goldfish

By Nils Pieters

ISBN 9780994128218

Book Island

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This beautiful book is wordless, apart from the first and second-to-last pages. Fox’s friend Goldfish is dying and he wants to make the most of Goldfish’s last days.  So Fox takes Goldfish on a trip – very much a bucket-list trip before his impending death. They swim in the ocean, visit mountains, dance in the rain and enjoy quality time making wonderful memories together.  It is a wonderful book on the value of true friendship and loyalty. Gloriously bright, bold illustrations create a sense of warmth and wonder as the two friends journey together towards Goldfish’s final sunset. Heart-warming.

While it is one of those books for special occasions, it is also just a lovely story to enjoy.

Teacher notes can be found here.

 

 

Here comes Mr Postmouse

By Marianne Dubuc

Translated by Greet Pauwelijn

ISBN 9780994128201

Book Island

 

 

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Mr Postmouse visits many different animal houses on his daily rounds as he delivers their letters. Very much like a cross-section we take a look inside the homes of the animal houses. We look at underground homes, homes in trees, and even homes in the sea. There is lots to look at and lots to find. Even Red-Riding Hood makes a specail guest appearance behind one of the trees. Snake rather cutely slithers over several pages. This is defiitely a book to read over and over and little readers will no doubt find something different each time they read it. I know there were things I missed the first time I read this book.

Here comes Mr Postmouse is in a hardback, portrait-size format making it ideal to sit and share with someone special.

The lion and the bird

By Marianne Dubuc

Translated by Sarah Ardizzone

ISBN 9780994109873

Book Island

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While out gardening one day Lion comes across an injured bird and so takes it home and nurses it back to health. Lion and Bird are completely different but their friendship blossoms and they do everything together. They spend time sharing stories and enjoying time outdoors but soon bird has to return to his flock. Throughout the story we move through the seasons exploring the heights of friendship and the pangs of loneliness.

It is a sparsely written book allowing the illustrations to do the talking. It allows us to see the characters and feel the depths of their friendship. By the same token it also lets us see Lion at his most vulnerable and loneliest of times. This is an honest and very special beautifully packaged hardback picture book.

This is not just for young children but a reminder to us all of how special friendships are and how much loyalty matters. This gentle story pulls at the heart strings but friendship and loyalty are strong bonds that wont be broken.

Teacher notes to help make the most of this very special book can be found here.