Augustus and his Smile in French & English (PB)
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Augustus and his Smile by Catherine Rayner in English & French
In this stunning, remarkable book, talented new author and illustrator Catherine Rayner celebrates the beauty of the world and the simple happiness it brings us when we open our eyes to it.
503602 ISBN-13: 9781846111747
| Winner of the Best New Illustrator Award in the Booktrust Early Years Awards 2006. Shortlisted for the Cilip Kate Greenaway Medal 2007.
Augustus the tiger was sad. He had lost his smile. So he did a HUGE tigery stretch, and set off to find it. He passes shiny insects, birds, mountains, fish and gets caught up in a rainstorm...
A remarkable book which celebrates the beauty of the world.
“…a gorgeously illustrated tale about a tiger that sets off in search of his lost smile – it’s perfect for keen little listeners.” Practical Parenting “…the real star of this impressive debut is the illustration. Page for page, this has a better feeling for tigerishness of a tiger – how it swims and climbs and makes a HUGE tigery stretch than a whole chapter of natural history books… This will make children care.” The Independent
“Augustus the tiger was sad. He had lost his smile.” So begins an epic quest as Augustus searches for his lost smile. His search takes him under bushes, up to the treetops, and to the crests of the highest mountains. He finds a beetle, chirping birds, and swirling snow clouds, but no smile.
As his journey progresses, however, Augustus’ expression gradually begins to change. His pleasure becomes evident as he swims in the oceans and “splishes and splashes with shoals of tiny, shiny fish.” His long tail also begins arching in a smile to match the one on his face. Suddenly he is prancing and parading in a desert, dancing and racing in raindrops, and splashing through puddles. Then he finds it – in the reflection of a “huge silver-blue puddle” – his smile!
Augustus comes to realize that he carries his smile with him, “whenever he (is) happy”. His journey teaches him that he only has to do the things that please him, like swim or dance or look around him at the world “for happiness (is) everywhere around him.”
For Augustus and his Smile, award-winning author and illustrator Catherine Rayner spent hours observing and sketching tigers at the Edinburgh Zoo. Her talent and attention to detail are evident as we watch this boldly-drawn tiger move through his various poses. Children will appreciate both this story’s message as well as the illustrations of Augustus.
The last page of the book lists some “amazing tiger facts” and notes their endangered status.
Review written by Maureen Barlow Pugh
From the November 2008 issue of Culture Connection Newsletter