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Big Blue
     

Big Blue

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by Vanita Oeslchlager, Kristin Blackwood (Illustrator)
 

Big Blue is a cautionary tale for all of us, but especially children who may not realize that their actions can have unexpected consequences. Big Blue is a happy bird, and a member of a large family that spends their winters in the warm south. Big Blue gets lazy though and instead of working, he lies about, eating and sleeping. Soon, the flock leaves ?????? but

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Big Blue is a cautionary tale for all of us, but especially children who may not realize that their actions can have unexpected consequences. Big Blue is a happy bird, and a member of a large family that spends their winters in the warm south. Big Blue gets lazy though and instead of working, he lies about, eating and sleeping. Soon, the flock leaves ?????? but Blue is too fat and heavy to go, so he spends the winter cold, but working hard to get back in shape. Next year, Big Blue isn't called "big" because of his size but because he is now strong, fit and the leader of the flock.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780980016253
Publisher:
Vanita Books
Publication date:
09/01/2008
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.70(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Vanita Oelschlager is a wife, mother, grandmother, former teacher, caregiver, author and poet. She is a graduate of Mount Union College, where she is currently a member of the Board of Trustees. She was named "Writer in Residence" for the Literacy Programs at the University of Akron in 2007.

Kristin Blackwood is an experienced illustrator whose other VanitaBooks include: My Grampy Can't Walk, Let Me Bee, Big Blue, Made In China and What Pet Will I Get?

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Big Blue 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
CanadaInker4 More than 1 year ago
This adorable little blue bird is just like all the other birds in the flock. He flies around, sings sweetly, and makes up his own nest.  All-in-all he is quite a normal little fellow until one day he decides to sleep in all day and doesn't come out to work or play with the others.  Little by little his habits change and he starts focusing more and more on eating food.  He becomes obsessed with pecking and stuffing himself most of the day.  He gets into a lazy cycle of eat, sleep, laze around, eat, sleep,  be lazy again.  He then begins to discover that his nest isn't so comfy and cozy any more because he can barely fit into it.  He continues to be sedentary causing his body to balloon and look quite rotund.  He overhears his friends refer to him as "Big Blue" and he isn't amused at all.  Fall is quickly approaching and it is nearly time for the flock to take flight - off to a warmer climate for the winter.  As his feathered friends take to the sky Big Blue finds that he can not get airborne, instead he can only roll his body and not ascend heavenward at all.  The others can not wait for him or even help him out,  so off they soar leaving an overweight and humiliated Big Blue behind.  In order to survive the cold winter Big Blue has to make major changes in his daily rituals.  He has to take control of his eating habits and beef up his physical activities.  It is a long, hard, lonely winter for him but with determination he does survive.  When the flock finally returns in the Spring they are very surprised to see the changes that have occurred to Big Blue.  What has happened to him to have him once again be respected by his peers and be able to move up the ranks to be an inspiration and a leader within the group?  He is a "new and improved" version of himself for sure. The illustrations are amazing.  The colour pallet is vibrant and happy.  The artwork for Big Blue is acrylic painted on stained wood.  The actual grain of the wood plays a large part in the design of each illustration.  First a variety of wood grains are chosen, then stained before the images are painted on their surfaces.  The nature of the "canvas" lends life to the work.  The final compositions are then captured photographically for print reproduction. It is a good life lesson.  Being lazy, overeating, and not working hard can certainly lead to your demise.  One needs to be diligent and take very good care of your physical body, your mind, and your spirit.