Kuma-Kuma Chan's Travels

Kuma-Kuma Chan's Travels

Book - 2017
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The illustrations are wonderful simplified shapes and are done in sweet pastels that visually reinforce the quiet world of this charming little bear. Though it's the third book in the series, it stands alone, but it's a great reason to check out the other two. A delightful, engaging book for a broad audience, an effective form of stress reduction, and a catalyst for readers' own imaginary travels - all in an irresistibly wee package -- Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review Kuma-Kuma Chan flies off to a south sea isle where he lies in the sun and drifts into a lazy snooze. He climbs to the summit of a mountain and views the sunrise while drinking a cup of hot chocolate. Instead of physically setting out for one place or another, Kuma-Kuma travels freely all over the world - inside his head. Kuma-Kuma Chan charms as he exemplifies the joy of a simple, peaceful, life. With its spare text and delightful illustrations, this small-format picture book invites readers to explore their own imaginations and create their own travels. AGES: 3 to 5 AUTHOR: Kazue Takahashi is a Japanese illustrator and children's book author whose debut book Kuma-Kuma Chan was published in Japan in 2001. She has since authored several other books for children and contributed her illustrations to books by other authors.
Publisher: New York :, Museyon,, ©2017.
ISBN: 9781940842189
1940842182
Branch Call Number: Z TAK
Characteristics: 47 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 18 cm

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LPL_PeteF May 13, 2018

It is easy to dismiss Takahashi's books as too whimsical, however I think there's something deeper here. The main character, a bear named Kuma-Kuma Chan, likes to travel...but he doesn't travel, really. It reminds this reader of a certain Arthur episode, "The Short, Quick Summer," in which Arthur realizes that while he didn't do what he planned to do over vacation, he did have many satisfying adventures that he didn't intend to. Takahashi's book works similarly -- it is perhaps not what you might expect from a small picture book, but instead fulfills a part of you that you might not have known was empty. Final verdict: cute, very cute (but not too cute), and a solid primer about making do with what you have.

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