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Bruna

Bruna

by Anne Cottringer, Gillian McClure
     
 

Little Bruna is always cold, even in summer, and no matter what she does to warm up, nothing seems to make a difference...until one day someone needs her help. A bear is drowning in a nearby river and Bruna must set aside her own worries to save and warm the cold, wet bear. It isn't long before she has forgotten about being cold and thrives in the warmth of a

Overview

Little Bruna is always cold, even in summer, and no matter what she does to warm up, nothing seems to make a difference...until one day someone needs her help. A bear is drowning in a nearby river and Bruna must set aside her own worries to save and warm the cold, wet bear. It isn't long before she has forgotten about being cold and thrives in the warmth of a beautiful new friendship.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
McClure's (Tom Finger) watercolor illustrations lend a fine, 19th-century, fairy tale air to Cottringer's (Movie Magic) story, even if the metaphor that governs it-about friendship warming the body as well as the heart-seems strained. Waif-like Bruna, who lives alone in a hut, always feels cold. No amount of hot soup, blankets, scarves or even "Red Hot Fireballs" can ward off the chill. But after she saves a bear from drowning in icy water and nurses him back to health, she "never [feels] cold again." Using a palette of browns and golds, McClure emphasizes Bruna's loneliness as she sits alone, freezing. Although she seems to do nothing throughout the first half of the book except lament the cold, once the bear arrives Bruna cheerfully reads him "a story with a heart-warming ending" and she plays him "a hot tune on the piano." She also starts discarding her warm clothing until she is pictured barefoot in a pink dress, literally letting down her hair. The workings of the story stay fuzzy. For example, Cottringer does not explain why, initially, Bruna stands utterly forlorn as children all around her play gleefully. Young readers-especially those who still need reminding that putting on their mittens can help keep their hands warm-may need some interpretive nudges to make sense of the disingenuous story. Ages 4-8. (Oct.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
No matter what Bruna does, at any time of year, at any time of day, she feels cold. Her lips are pinched and her eyes look sad. She is always alone, wrapped up in so many layers of clothes, coats, a long scarf and hat that one can barely see her. It is really very sad to see Bruna trying so hard to warm up. She seems to try everything imaginable to get warm and yet nothing seems to work. Then one cold and icy winter's day, something incredible happens. Bruna saves a bear that has fallen into the frozen river. She actually goes into the water to save the animal. Instead of being freezing cold, Bruna finds herself feeling quite warm. In fact, back in the house, as she takes care of the bear, Bruna begins to take off her layers and layers of clothes for the first time. At long last, Bruna's sad and cold little heart has begun to thaw out. The warmth of friendship is beginning to do its magic. With graceful and evocative watercolor illustrations, this is a truly beautiful book. Bruna is a delightful and charming volume to read aloud, over and over again. 2003, Bloomsbury, Ages 3 to 6.
— Marya Jansen-Gruber

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781582348360
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
09/28/2003
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.54(w) x 12.08(h) x 0.43(d)
Age Range:
3 - 6 Years

Meet the Author

Anne Cottringer is an established author of picture books. She has worked in film and television, and her first picture book was published in 1995. Anne was born in Canada, and now lives in Hereford, England.

Illustrator: Gillian McClure is the author and illustrator of Tom Finger. She has written and illustrated since she was a child, and her delicate watercolor art has acquired many fans. She lives in Cambridge, England.

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