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Beegu

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The book was intriguing because the character is not probably introduced and therefore it leaves the reader thinking what kind of creature beegu is . 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. It would be an excellent book for teachers to use when welcoming new students into the classroom, encouraging the children to be considerate and make sure no one in the class feels anxious and isolated like Beegu. Finally she finds some children on the playground that welcome her, suggesting that children are much more open- minded as they have fewer misconceptions.

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. She retells her Earth experience to her parents describing the earth creatures as big and unfriendly “but there were some smaller ones who seemed hopeful”. Then an adult from an animal shelter finds Beegu and it is obvious that, “Beegu wasn’t wanted there. After a while of being isolated from creatures the same as her, a big ship which had her parents in, came to rescue her. Beegu finally finds some comfort when she curls up with several puppies in a box until a human tosses her out.She tries to comunicate and form friendships although she is often pushed away, due to her being misunderstood and different. This is a fun, interesting and moving story with a happy ending, beautiful illustrations, colour palette and wonderful message. An important book which could be used for so many different ages and abilities especially as mentioned bellow with SEN and EAL children.

The second picture-book I have read from Alexis Deacon (the first being Slow Loris) - an English author/artist whose work has been strongly recommended to me by a friend and fellow children's literature enthusiast - Beegu is a deceptively simple story, one that flawlessly blends word and image to create a poignant tale of being adrift in a strange new world. 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. The finches do the same thing every day: they say good morning, they say good afternoon and good night. I would be interested to know why Beegu was travelling alone in the first place, as she appears to be a child, and how she ended up crashing onto Earth.The illustrations beautifully demonstrate the different emotions Beegu feels throughout the story, with his ears moving up and down just like a puppy dog when they’re happy or sad. The absolute cutest story- discussed in a lecture about how the illustrations represent the feelings of Beegu. Having only a sentence or two on each page really draws the reader into the pictures which are a good talking point for how Beegu is feeling at different points in the book. This book points out the difference between rigid, judgmental adults and welcoming children from an outsider’s perspective. When a little alien named Beegu - who looks rather like a three-eyed yellow rabbit, with long floppy ears - crash lands on Earth, she has trouble making herself understood by the locals, who seem either indifferent or unfriendly.

Waiting for a rescue signal from her mother, she fails to make friends with the strange creatures she encounters. Ignored by both the rabbits and leaves she seeks friendships from the adults she finds in the city of London, only to be dismissed. This story was requested again and again and again at bedtime and I never grew tired of this baby alien’s adventure. 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. We loved the positive message that children generally accept differences more easily than adults and are more adaptable to change.Alexis Deacon graduated from the University of Brighton, where he studied Illustration, gaining a first class honours degree. There are some questions which are left unanswered as a reader such as “Why didn’t any of the people on the street seem to notice Beegu, particularly when she didn’t seem to be of their world? The rest of the story offers good lessons on friendship and parental teaching as Beegu is redeemed in the end. But at last, on a school playground, Beegu discovers a group of fantastic companions who are happy to let her join their games . Would be a lovely story to share with EAL children, about how we speak different languages and some may feel the struggle of not being understood.

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. 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. At last, the lonely Alien found a small group of children, who accepted the Alien regardless his differences. The illustrations are brilliant and therefore useful to look at with children because they link clearly with the story and can express emotions to children. The pictures are very well done with the format changing page-to-page, some are a comic strip style, others have a small illustration and others take up the whole page.The book is geared for younger elementary students, but it is the illustrations that are extraordinary and make this book an excellent read. 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. The gorgeous illustrations makes it accessible to EAL (English as an additional language)and SEN (Special Educational Needs) children and as the story is so simple it is ideal for children to act this out in role play.

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