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Beegu

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Along with The Doll's House by Rumer Godden, this child's picture book demonstrates the aristotelian concept of "catharsis" as well as any other work of drama/fiction I've encountered, and shows exactly how powerful children's literature can be.

It can encourage children’s creativity in art as they design and make Beegu figures, as well as making alien friends for Beegu to play with.Beegu and Jitterbug Jam, both of which he illustrated, were named as New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Books of the Year. Here she seems sad from the way her, what looks like ears, are drooped back like a sad dog, as well as sadness in her eyes. Beegu is a bright yellow, strange looking creature from another planet who somehow gets lost on earth. Wandering once again, Beegu encounters a group of schoolchildren on the playground, who warmly welcome her into their midst - until the grownup in charge puts a stop to it. Beegu's spirits are sinking lower than ever just as the mother ship arrives, in this simple, bittersweet picture book that shows us our world through the three eyes of an innocent outsider with the help of stylish art and a wry, understated text.

On the other hand, she does understand the important things, and when her parents eventually do rescue her, she informs them that "Earth creatures were mostly big and unfriendly, but there were some small ones who seemed hopeful. She is scared, lonely and confused and begins to wander around the near by city in hope to find some friends to care for her. I love it when Beegu finds some friends, the puppies and snuggles up happily with them, and the scene with the children. But even this refuge is denied her, in the morning, when the shelter worker reacts poorly to finding this strange creature on his doorstep. It can lead to discussions about confusion, loneliness, abandonment, getting lost and the way people treat each other.I looked through some books I had packed away to go up to the attic today, they’re all coming back to the book shelves, this one is lovely! Beegu tells the tale of an adorable little three-eyed alien who unexpectedly finds herself alone on Earth after her spacecraft crash-lands, leaving her stranded.

Unfortunately a dog shelter owner and a primary school teacher put a stop to her adventure in the school and again is left to be alone. We loved the positive message that children generally accept differences more easily than adults and are more adaptable to change.

But the only friendly people she comes across are the children, while the big Earth creatures just don’t seem to understand. An important book which could be used for so many different ages and abilities especially as mentioned bellow with SEN and EAL children. Finally she finds some children on the playground that welcome her, suggesting that children are much more open- minded as they have fewer misconceptions. The images of Beegu are a great aid to the readers in seeing just how different Beegu is and why he is having such difficulty in our world making friends. Alexis Deacon graduated from the University of Brighton, where he studied Illustration, gaining a first class honours degree.

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