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PreSchool-Grade 1—A dream fantasy in which a boy and a girl plant a "hat seed." Overnight, the seed bears magical fruit: a large white bear with a blue hat. From this hat, the bear proceeds to extract monkeys and porpoises as well as sea and firmament into which he carries the drowsing children. Finally cuddling them and tucking them in once again, the dream bear and monkeys drift back into the night. The slight, wordless story is a showcase for Nyeu's art. Executed in silkscreen with water-based ink, the bold palette of warm golden oranges and cool blues, assertive line, and handsome design are strikingly confident. There are a few visual holes in the story, but on the whole, this debut is worth a second look, even if it is not an essential purchase.—Kate McClelland, Perrot Memorial Library, Old Greenwich, CT
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In this wordless picture book, a young boy and girl plant a garden that sprouts overnight into a sky-high tangle of flowering blue and green vines. From the most magnificent of the blossoms emerges Wonder Bear, an enormous white bear with a magical top hat that conjures up a multitude of acrobatic monkeys, ravenous bubble lions, and flying sea creatures to entertain the kiddies. A whimsical mix of vibrant color, simple lines, and curving shapes and patterns that evoke the work of Wanda Gág, Nyeu’s artwork shines in the book’s dynamic double-page spreads. Although there isn’t much of a story line piecing together the fantastical scenes, young children will enjoy interpreting the offbeat action that unfolds. As with most things, the monkeys steal the show here, and their antics propel much of the book’s humor. Preschool-Grade 1. --Kristen McKulski --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Editorial Reviews
My kids are 6 and 3 so I have spent the last half-decade reading many, many, many picture books, old and new. Read morePublished 1 month ago by The Professor, Ann Marian
Somehow I missed that this is just a picture book. Very beautifully drawn and pretty to look at, but you should know there is no printed story!Published 6 months ago by mnic
no words were in the book.Noticed when I opened the box last week.Had it delivered in September for Xmas.Have no receipts to return it..shame shame!!Published 8 months ago by Sandra C.
Got this from my library and was so taken with it that I got on Amazon to see if the illustrator had done any more books. It's a remarkable book. Such intriguing illustrations. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Reader
My six-year old daughter chose this at the library, and my four- year old son soon became enthralled with it as well. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Two littles
This is such a lovely book! The big pages are beautifully colored, the illustrations are clear but fantastical, and the story is one that my daughter likes me to tell again and... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Kat in the Desert
Beautiful book, and since it has no words, my 5-year-old enjoys "reading" it to me. It is an extremely creative story, and as soon as we got through it, my child said, "can we read... Read morePublished on February 9, 2013 by jawa