Little Kisses (Julie Andrews Collection)

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Bejinhos means "little kisses." Little Kisses and Jolie like to go on walks up to the village and down to the bluffs so they can see all their friends.

Jolie reminds Little Kisses never to accept treats from strangers, to cross the street carefully, and to stay in the yard. Can Little Kisses remember that those are the rules?

Jolie Jones and Julie Downing create a tender, heartwarming story that honors the ...

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Overview

Bejinhos means "little kisses." Little Kisses and Jolie like to go on walks up to the village and down to the bluffs so they can see all their friends.

Jolie reminds Little Kisses never to accept treats from strangers, to cross the street carefully, and to stay in the yard. Can Little Kisses remember that those are the rules?

Jolie Jones and Julie Downing create a tender, heartwarming story that honors the loving relationship between a young child and her very best friend with fur.

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Publishers Weekly
A pup named Bejinhos-Brazilian for "little kisses"-narrates this tale of his life with beloved owner Jolie (which "means pretty in France"). As long as he's with her, Bejinhos behaves ("Those are the rules" becomes a kind of refrain) and life is grand. But when Jolie goes to school, Bejinhos soon breaks the rule about staying in his own yard. Lost on the streets, he wonders if he'll ever see his owner again-a fear that's quickly put to rest when Jolie finds him. Jones's literal, often ham-fisted prose ("It's fun having friends!") and disjointed narrative nearly sinks the book. The author spends several pages establishing a cosmopolitan community of pooches with multicultural names such as "Nani" ("beautiful in Hawaii") and "Kibawa" ("little brother in Africa"), and then shifts gears completely from this promising idea, in favor of Bejinhos's solitary adventure. Downing's (The Firekeeper's Son) velvety pastels effectively evoke a sense of place and mood, especially when Bejinhos is in peril. But unfortunately even she can't seem to give the canine hero a distinctive personality, or convey much of a bond between Jolie and Bejinhos. Ages 3-6. (Dec.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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This is the story of a girl named Jolie (which means pretty in France) and her dog, Bejinhos ("it means little kisses in Brazil"). Jolie and Bejinhos go for a walk, where they run into Nani ("Nani means beautiful in Hawaii"). They also see Dotsi and Kibawa (which means little brother in Africa). Then they run into Tess, Pinky, and Linky. At this point the naming ends, and the story begins. The multi-culturalism that was introduced has nothing to do with the plot and may confuse young readers. Why all the countries? What do they have to do with the tale of Bejinhos? Bejinhos is introduced to the importance of following rules while walking with Jolie who says they must stop and wait for the green light. Later he learns that rules are for his own good; he is left in the backyard, digs into the ground, comes up on the other side of the fence, and gets lost. Bejinhos is rescued by Jolie that same night. She scolds him but is reassured that now he will always follow the rules. It turns out the author also has a dog named Bejinhos and grown readers may well suspect this is her story, packaged to deliver a moral. 2006, HarperCollins, and Ages 4 to 7.
—Mary Loftus
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-An amiable, rambling story that has more charm than plot. Narrated by a dog named Bejinhos, which means "Little Kisses" in Brazil, the tale takes children through a day in the life of a pet and his girl, Jolie. The two friends get up, talk, try on clothes, eat, brush their teeth, and take a walk. A cautionary refrain, "Those are the rules," is brought home when Bejinhos gets into a serious scrape while Jolie is at school. This would be a story to smile at and pass by if not for the eye-catching, cuddly watercolor illustrations. Downing captures the pup's adoring enthusiasm, and readers will want to take him home. The real Bejinhos, though, belongs to Jolie Jones, daughter of musician Quincy Jones and a singer/producer as well as a writer.-Susan Weitz, formerly at Spencer-Van Etten School District, Spencer, NY Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060586980
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 12/13/2005
  • Series: Julie Andrews Collection
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

JOLIE JONES was barely a teenager when she burst into public view in magazine after magazine as the first African American supermodel to appear on the cover of Mademoiselle and in the pages of Seventeen. Acting soon followed, and so did singing. When motherhood intervened in the 70s, she embraced it with the same energy and enthusiasm she had applied to her career but, by the late 80s, her ever-active inner drive brought her back into the entertainment world via management and production-notably via two suburb albums by Brazilian singer-songwriter Ivan Lins. Somehow, Jolie also managed to find time to move into non-profit world. She was a President of a chapter of SANE (Citizens For A Sane Nuclear Policy) and actively involved in the Global Forum activities at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992. Her concerns about the environment-triggered in part by her sons Donovan and Sunny-led her to establish her own foundation, Take It Back, which produces videos, public service announcements and educational materials to raise awareness of the importance of recycling solid waste.

With her children taking their first maiden flights away from the nest, Jolie decided to once again step out with acting and singing as a natural and logical path. How could it be otherwise with a father named Quincy Jones and a childhood surrounded by living legends such as Duke Ellington, Ray Charles, Sarah Vaughn, Peggy Lee and Frank Sinatra? She witnessed a world of limitless possibilities, one in which her father always told her, "If you can see it, you can be it." She resumed her studies with acclaimed acting coach Milton Katselas and continued her music and vocal training.

After a brief trial runwith her father, she made a full-scale musical debut in 1996 at the Jazz Bakery, in an invitation-only event hosted by her father and Oprah Winfrey. Later that summer, in a performance at the Hollywood Roosevelt CineGrill, she gave a performance that generated a review from the L.A. Times describing her "gift for singing with smooth, floating rhythms and an arching, lyrical sense of melody," which went on to say her interpretations "recall the articulate expressions of Nancy Wilson blended into the warm candor of Ella Fitzgerald."

Now dipping into the world of children's literature, Jolie has written Little Kisses; part of the prestigious Julie Andrews Collection. A tender and heartwarming story that honors the loving relationship between a young child and her very best friend with fur, Bejinhos. It all began one year, in Washington at the Kennedy Center, when Jolie's father, Quincy Jones, was receiving a Kennedy Honor Award along with Julie Andrews and others. Here is where after sharing their passions, children's entertainment and education , particularly Jolie's major TV project "Twinklesworth". Julie invited her to write a children's book for her new imprint at Harper Collins Publishing, The Julie Andrews Collection.
Looking forward to more on the creative front from the talented Jolie Jones. Look for her soon to be released album "Little Kisses" that was written and recorded to be a companion to Little Kisses the book!!!!
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