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Another illustration from my story Brown Bear’s Big Day Out where Basil, a brown bear, dons a disguise to escape from his zoo so that he can go to a funfair called Dizzyland. While there he has to rescue a young girl who gets carried away while holding a large balloon.
The story Brown Bear’s Big Day Out is about a bear that lives in a zoo who wants to go to the funfair and to do this he has to escape and therefore has to disguise himself as a person to do so. In the story he becomes a hero until his mask falls off and then everyone is afraid of him. I try in the story to show that we have to look at people more in depth and that what they look like is secondary to what the real person is behind the mask of first impressions. We have become a society obsessed with looks and yet real characteristics are anything but represented by this. In a world where we appear to be increasingly afraid of those we don’t know, we, especially younger people need to be able to socialise and be communicative with each other. In this extract a young girl is carried away by the wind because she is holding a large balloon.
The book contains illustrations that are repeated at the back of the printed book so that younger children can colour them in.
Basil stepped off and this time he was a very, very wobbly bear, so much so he just had to sit down.
He sat and watched as the next group of people got on the big dipper. It was getting windy. Suddenly a gust of wind blew across the funfair and Basil turned when he heard a small scream. A very small girl with a very large balloon had been picked up and was being carried away by the wind.
“Help, help me,” the little girl cried as she and the balloon were carried higher and higher.
The people looked on not knowing what to do. The wind blew hard and the little girl and the balloon became stuck, high up underneath the big dipper.
“Help, help!” shouted the little girl.
Everyone stood still not moving, just staring with worried faces, all except Basil.
Brown Bear’s Big Day Out is a story about a bear in a zoo that puts on a disguise so that he can escape and visit a funfair called Dizzyland. It’s about looking at people in depth and not being afraid because they look different from you. So Basil looks like a man when disguised but is still the same friendly and hero bear in this case once his disguise slips.
The story contains illustrations like this throughout the text. These are then repeated at the back of the printed book so that younger children can colour them in. In this illustration Basil has become a bit dizzy after spinning around so much on a ride.
Brown Bear’s Big Day Out is a story about a bear in a zoo that puts on a disguise so that he can escape and visit a funfair called Dizzyland. Once there he wants to try out everything. Here he is trying out a large slide.
Brown Bear’s Big Day Out is a story about a bear in a zoo that puts on a disguise so that he can escape and visit a funfair called Dizzyland. In this illustration, after managing to get on a bus, he arrives at a funfair and starts to enjoy all the different rides.
In Brown Bear’s Big Day Out, Basil, a brown bear dons a disguise so that he can escape from the zoo and go to a funfair called Dizzyland disguised as a person. On the way there he gets a little hungry so he pops into a fish and chip shop. It doesn’t taste like the fish he is normally given in the zoo but he rather likes it.
Busy Bee and the Endangered Meadow is a story about some bees trying to save their meadow from some evil, grasping housing developers. Bea is the hardest working bee in the hive and she comes up with the idea to try and fool the local council that a rare and endangered species lives in the meadow. The developers however are not going to let some bees get in the way of their profit but little do they know that they will be taking on all the creatures of the meadow in a fight to protect their homes.
In the UK we have lost 97% of our meadows since the middle of the 20th century much of them to the obesity of urban sprawl and a planning system unfit for purpose. Some research shows that meadows are very good carbon sinks, perhaps as good as forests. In the UK however, as in many other countries, the countryside has been built over.
There’s T-shirts for children of Alice Wright’s wonderful book cover with or without the story title available from our Teemill site. These are printed on organic cotton and so, are we hope, the lightest of load possible on the environment. You will find out on Teemill’s website the story of this cotton. It does make the items for sale more expensive than less environmentally friendly clothing.
Clever Dad and the Space Rocket is a story about a father who builds his son a space rocket. Once inside Tristan meets the rocket’s computer, George, who takes Tristan on a journey to the moon. On the way they meet a cow who is on her way to jump over it. Later as the space rocket orbits the moon they see a large net capturing the cow. Who is stopping the cows jumping over the moon? Tristan and George will have to find out.
The story contains a number of black and white line drawings that can be coloured in with the printed version of the book. The illustrations are within the text and again repeated at the back of the book at full size. This illustration shows a scary robot that Tristan encounters while inside the secret moon base.