Picture: Themplar publishing
The Lumberjack's Beard
from Duncan Beedie
12 Januar 2017
Informations from the publisher"Every day, Jim the lumberjack chops down trees. When his tree-felling leads to his woodland friends losing their homes, Jim comes up with a brilliant idea that will change the way they share the forest forever."
A book about trees, a beard
for children from 3 years
Willibart is a lumberjack. He lives lonely in a house in the forest and has a fairly fixed daily routine. First he does morning gymnastics, then he has breakfast and then he goes to cut down trees in the forest.
He has nreaded about his work apparently not otherwise he would have noticed that it is not good to cut down too many trees.
When one day he comes back from work exhausted and just wants to rest, he hears a sound at the door.
A small bird complains to him. Of all the tree in which he built his nest, Willibart has fallen.
It's not that Willibart doesn't have a heart for animals and ruthlessly just falls the trees, but he doesn't seem to have really thought about what he's doing. Affected, he invites the little bird to live in his beard, which he likes to accept.
In the next few days Willibart will have other tasks. Every time he harms an animal with his work, which then knocks on his door in the evening in the evening. They, too, are allowed to sit in his beard. Over time, this becomes not only tight but also really uncomfortable and so he shaves off his beard.
The next morning, he looks out the window. Where once beautiful forest was there is sad, dreary, emptiness.
Just as his beard can grow, so trees can grow again in the places where once stood, he thinks and begins to reforest.
A beautiful story that tells a lot with little text. The story is mainly transported through the impressive, clearly focusing illustrations. In them you can see funny, funny things, like the inner life of the beard as well as the tragic moments, the anger of the animals or even the problems Willibart has with his beard and the beard dwellers. Large images alternate skilfully with successive image sequences, so that one has the feeling of living the images. In general, they are incredibly dynamic vivid images and the font is also integrated into the dynamics. "Hack-Hack-Hack" or "Tree Falls!" not only express an action, but are set to "live".
It is a funny book that at the same time stimulates reflection and makes it clear that overexploitation of nature harms people and animals alike.
Our reading children found the idea of letting the animals move into the beard of the lumberjack totally funny.
You can imagine a little bird in such a big, dense beard, but a sting? It's getting harder. And yet the cover image already shows that this fits perfectly.
Only the difference between hedgehog and porcupine did not want to be clear to our little readers.
"This is not a porcupine! That's a hedgehog!" I heard many times during readings in the last few days.
I always explain that everyone draws something different. Artistic freedom stop. I also recognize a hedgehog as a stinginin in it.
But that is really insignificant. They are always nicely drawn.
The special style of the drawings would also be worth a sentence but I think it is much better to get the book quickly and look at it for yourself.
Because it is really great and encourages many conversations about nature conservation and thus also environmental protection.
It fits wonderfully, that the publisher has always thought about sustainability.
Printed on FSC paper with vegetable oil-based paints and solvent-free adhesives, they already contribute a great deal to this.