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Kuma-Kuma Chan's Home Hardcover – 1 Apr 2016
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"A book that offers peace and stability to its audience. I can easily imagine my little boy calmly listening and settling to this one." Methmini Costa, picksandreadsforkids.com"
"Kuma-Kuma Chan's incredibly simple and peaceful world will charm people of all ages. The double page spreads in this small book are free from distractions and Takahashi's adorable illustrations complement the simple but contemplative narrative." Rosanna Montanaro, rosannadesu.com"
"This would make a good bedtime book. It's low key and a pleasant story which should make it easy for them to transition into sleep." Jo Ann Hakola, bkfaerie.blogspot.com"
"It is also one of those books that will be read together with a favorite adult, then read again and again as the child memorizes the story word-for-word." Suzanne Costner, The Fairview Review"
"The portrayal of such a visit rings true, acknowledging moments of uncertainty and offering a model for what to notice and how to navigate silence. The first-person account, told from the friend's perspective, is quietly affectionate and descriptive, never judgmental. With an invitingly small trim size and easy-to-track action, this title can be perused by pre-readers employing their narrative skills independently or shared with a loved one for an interlude of calm and contentment." Kirkus Reviews"
"This follow-up is delightful in many of the same ways as its predecessor: the small trim size is perfect for tiny hands; our main character, Kuma-Kuma Chan (a thumbprint-looking bear), is endearing; and the spare story celebrates the act of slowing down and spending time with a friend." Julie Danielson, Kirkus Reviews
"True friendship flows without much ado, and brings a quiet joy to one s being. In a day cluttered with political correctness, it s a comfort to find such a friend as Kuma-Kuma Chan, who only desires your presence." Darleen Wohlfeil, Story Monsters Ink"
"A perfect little book to keep on personal library shelves for those times when companionship and cuteness is needed." Kathy, celebratepicturebooks.com"
About the 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."
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So I figured A would like this book as she is three. She really as not very interested in it, as it didn't seem to hold her attention she was asking for another book to be read after this one.
This is a very simple book there wasn't much detail with the pictures so I am sure that is why A didn't enjoy it.
You have a young boy who is visiting his bear friend they really don't do much other than eat and watch TV. I think the pictures could have used a bit more brightening up. There is really no dialogue between the two main characters as the little boy just describes what they are doing and what not.
For us this book was just not for us, but it may appeal to others. I say give this book a try and see for yourself if it is up your alley.
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Kuma Kuma Chan's Home, by Kazue Takahashi is the story about a nameless boy who receives an invitation from his friend, Kuma Kuma Chan. A bear. This book is really a picture book, with a sprinkling of words. It's soft, even Kuma Kuma Chan looks softly drawn. There's a ataractic feel to the story, with soft, pastel colors that reminded me of hospital decor. The book is also small, with dimensions of 5 1/4 X 6 3/4, so it was more than easy to hold. For little hands...
The book didn't do much for me, but for my first-born Ewok, she thought it was wonderful! The fact that a bear had a home and entertained a human friends was hilarious for her. She's seven and read the book with the sweetest of ease and conversed over every photo. Because it's a picture book- this is what I'm hoping Kazue Takahashi was looking for.
This book was for my Ewok, not me. It was a read that brought her joy and that always makes me smile. Pick up your copy of Kuma Kuma Chan's Home (US $12.99, 52 pages, ISBN 978-1-940842-09-7) and releases May 1, 2016. Your little one will love it.
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**Book provided by Museyon.com, for an honest review.
A young boy receives an invitation to visit his bear friend who lives a fair distance away. In order to meet up with him the boy must ride a train, get on a bus, and finally walk the last distance to his destination. They spend a lovely day together having tea, (bear tea of course), a sumptuous meal of rich salmon catch, watching television together while feasting on chocolates that the little boy brought, and just hanging out enjoying each other's company. The little boy then checks his watch and realizes it's time to return home. He leaves very contented knowing that their bond of friendship is even better after their day together.
When he first arrives at bear's home their initial encounter is awkward and it's hard to get a conversation going but by the end of the day they both realize that long chats are not necessary between good friends. They both find it is pleasant and comforting just to be in each other's company and to share good food and each other's hearts. The reader learns a valuable lifelesson... friendship can be peaceful and calming and bring great happiness just by "being" there for one another. I highly recommend this book.”
A child gets an invitation to visit a bear, who he has apparently visited before. He goes, though it is difficult for him to get there.
The bear's house smells of bear, and the bear serves bear tea.
They don't talk much. They watch TV.
Both the text and illustrations are spare. Yet there is an appeal lurking in this book.
I'm not sure the tale will be immediately engaging to all little ones. But it could be an opportunity for interaction with the story. How do you think they got to know each other? Why do you think they are they friends?
I was provided a copy for review by the publisher.