By Kazue Takahashi
In the third book in the Kuma-Kuma Chan series, Kuma-Kuma Chan flies off to a south sea isle where he lies in the sun and drifts into a lazy snooze. He climbs to the summit of a mountain and views the sunrise while drinking a cup of coffee. He even travels back to before he was born to find out what kind of animal he was in a previous life. Instead of physically setting out for one place or another, Kuma-Kuma Chan travels freely all over the world – inside his head.
Kuma-Kuma Chan’s Travels (ISBN 978-1-940842-18-9, US $12.99/CAN $17.99, 52 pages) once again charms as he exemplifies the joy of a simple, peaceful, life. With its spare text and delightful illustrations, this small-format picture book invites readers to explore their own imaginations and create their own travels.
About the Author
Kazue Takahashi is a Japanese illustrator and children’s book author whose debut book Kuma-Kuma Chan was published in Japan in 2001. She has since authored several other books for children, including Kuma Chan on a Rainy Day (about a bear cub exploring a playground in the rain) and Nyaako Chan (about a stray kitten who strolls into a woman’s house). Takahashi has also contributed her illustrations to books by other authors. Her adorable characters and illustrations have been embraced by people of all ages.
52 pages, 5 1/4 x 6 3/4
Praise for Kuma-Kuma Chan’s Travels
The illustrations are wonderful simplified shapes and are done in sweet pastels that visually reinforce the quiet world of this charming little bear. Though it’s the third book in the series, it stands alone, but it’s a great reason to check out the other two. A delightful, engaging book for a broad audience, an effective form of stress reduction, and a catalyst for readers’ own imaginary travels—all in an irresistibly wee package
—Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review