Sunday, September 10, 2017

Summer Reading 2017 Kuma-Kuma Chan's Travels


Those who have read Kuma-Kuma Chan's Home will be familiar with the spare style of the illustrations. There are only one or two sentences on each spread and plenty of white space.  And there are only two characters, the narrator and Kuma-Kuma Chan (the little bear). The same narrator is talking to us in this book; this time he tells us about the travels of his bear friend. It seems that Kuma-Kuma Chan enjoys traveling, or at least thinking of travel. He daydreams of tropical beaches, or watches the birds and thinks of flying. Sometimes he even climbs to the roof of his house and lies back to watch the clouds and the stars. He writes about his travels and his friend the narrator receives the notes, but they are messy and hard to read. 

Anyone who has ever dreamed of far-off places or of visiting a time other than their own will recognize a kindred soul in Kuma-Kuma Chan. Even the part where he gets upset and then has to take a nap will sound familiar. This is a wonderful story for talking about the power of imagination and the dreams that we each have for adventure and something out of the ordinary. Young readers will enjoy seeing all the supplies that Kuma-Kuma Chan packs for his travels, although they may want to have some juice in their Thermos rather than coffee.

Perfect for preschool and early elementary children.

I read an e-book provided by the publisher through NetGalley.

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