Showing posts with label Britta Teckentrup. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Britta Teckentrup. Show all posts

Tuesday, 2 October 2018

We Are Together

We Are Together by Britta Teckentrup (Caterpillar Books) HB RRP $24.99 ISBN 9781848576582

Reviewed by Dianne Bates

The first thing one notices about this picture book for children 4 to 6 years is that it has peek-through pages, including on the hard cover where there are ten children of different colours and nationalities: two of them appear in the cover cut-out. As one opens and reads each page, another child appears and then another until all ten children are together again.

This reinforces the book’s theme that ‘on our own, we’re special… But when we join up… together we’re a team.’ In each of the richly illustrated pages, children can be seen outdoors in changing weather – cloudy skies where they fly kites, golden sunset, autumn winds and so forth. On every double-paged spread is a quatrain in rhyme. For instance, one says, ‘We may travel alone/free as birds in the sky, /But flocking together,/we soar and we fly. When there’s a storm, the verses say, the children can splash through puddles ‘till the sun shines again.’ Another page has the lines, ‘If we all sing together, one voice becomes a choir’.

The whole book shows the power of being sociable and becoming part of ‘one big happy crowd!’ which is one supposes, the whole purpose of bringing children (people) together in our society so it will function happily.

There are dozens of children shown – colourful and happy – in the bright fly pages both ends of the book, and on the final page. This would make a marvellous book for pre-school teachers to present to their students, and for parents trying to make their children function happily in the world.

Thursday, 20 February 2014

Clumsy Duck

Clumsy Duck by Britta Teckentrup (Koala Books)
PB RRP $14.99
ISBN 978-1-74276-035-3
Reviewed by Jenny Heslop

Clumsy Duck has trouble staying on his feet. Hills make him trip, mud makes him slip and he cannot get a good grip to perch on a branch. It is very frustrating for him. But his friend Chick is sure there is a good reason for his big feet. It is just a matter of finding it.

Clumsy Duck is a sweet story about friendship, embracing differences and perseverance. Young children will be charmed by Duck, Chick and the small band of followers they pick up along their travels. They will also be reassured by the notion that everyone is different and it is just a matter of finding your own special talent.

The illustrations are charming and bright and match the upbeat positive feel of the story. This is a delightful picture book for toddlers to six year olds.