Bears have more than a passing resemblance to humans. Especially this bear, who takes pleasure in the little things in life, and, of course, the big things as well. He is generous to a fault, and if we are to take his word for it, a rather clever fellow.
But, like many of us, even our bear has days when he feels dreadfully alone...Fortunately, he knows exactly what to do about it. Philip Waechter responds to this very human dilemma by creating a wonderful character, drawn with a delicately spare line but informed with great compassion and love.
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A graphic artist and illustrator living in Frankfurt, Germany, Philip Waechter is a co-founder of LABOR, a designer's cooperative whose members share a love of books. Me! is his second book for children.From Publishers Weekly:
Although the title seems to indicate otherwise, this earnestly winsome, small-format book is actually a tribute to the comforts of companionship. A giant but genial-looking bear—aka "Me"—catalogues all the traits that make him "pretty special." "I'm beautiful," he says, admiring his reflection in a rain puddle. "Generosity is my middle name. I love to share," he notes, as he gives candy to a somewhat startled hiker. With rarely more than five or six words per spread, the bear's narrative delivers his lines with a wink. For, "I take things at my own pace," he heads down the street with a back-up of honking horns behind him. But even the healthiest sense of self-esteem isn't enough on those days when the bear feels "absolutely alone... and small." That's when he knows it's time to seek out a friend for a (literal) bear hug and some quality time—even if it requires a lengthy commute back to the forest. The crisp ink lines, expanses of white space and emotional understatement of German author-artist Waechter's cartooning counterbalance the at times sentimental text. This warmhearted message in its gifty package will be as likely to be passed among adults as among children. Ages 5-up. (June)
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Book Description Hand Print, 2005. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P111593540876
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