The Bear and the Piano

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The Bear and the Piano

David Litchfield
Clarion Books, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015

From the dust jacket, “One day, a bear cub finds something strange and wonderful in the forest. When he touches the keys, they make a horrible noise. Yet he is drawn back again and again. eventually, he learns to play beautiful sounds, much to the delight of his woodland friends. Then the bear is invited to leave the forest and share his sounds with new friends in the city. He longs to explore the world beyond his home, to hear new things, and to play bigger and better than before. But he knows that if he leaves the other bears will be very sad…”

This beautifully illustrated picture book is a story of longing, achievement, and ultimately, the bonds of lasting friendship. The bear does indeed go into the city and becomes world famous for his piano playing ability but he also misses his friends. Is fame worth the loss of those you leave behind? Or can you have both? Young children will love reading about Bear’s adventures and it invites talks about how important it is to remain faithful to your friends even if you have to leave them behind to fulfill a dream.

Rating 4 out of 5 paws for its sensitive story and the lovely illustrations.

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Reviewer: Simon

 

 

Cover Makeover – Pink Floyd albums

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This week the Cover Makeover Challenge is for two album covers for Pink Floyd. The Board loves Pink Floyd but that didn’t mean we didn’t need to do some research (thanks, Wikipedia!)

The Dark Side of the Moon, according to Wikipedia, “lyrical themes include conflict, greed, the passage of time, death, and insanity . . . The five tracks on each side reflect various stages of human life, beginning and ending with a heartbeat, exploring the nature of the human. experience.”  After some thought this is what we came up with:

The Clock face on the Tower at the Palace of Westminster from the internet.
The base photo – the Clock face on the Tower at the Palace of Westminster from the internet.
The moon showing it's dark side.
The moon showing it’s dark side.
I overlayed the moon on top of the clock face.
I overlayed the moon on top of the clock face.
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I added the text – I wanted to focus on time and the Parliament clock face was perfect to use!! 

Here’s the original – dark side of the moon

The next album, The Division Bell, is one I wasn’t familiar with. According to Wikipedia, “deals with themes of communication and the idea that talking can solve many of life’s problems.”  So I thought about these vintage family photos. Taken in the mid-1950s, they show mom’s relatives. They’re all gone now except for my mom’s mom (she’s to the right of the door).

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I cropped and overlaid 4 photos, focusing on interaction between the people.
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One final photo to overlay and fade in. . .
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I overlaid this scrap paper (from PicMonkey).
And then clicked on the effect I liked - a negative effect on part of the photo - I liked it. Added text and loved it!!
And then clicked on the effect I liked – a negative effect on part of the photo – I liked it. 
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Added text and loved it!!

Here’s the original – pink_floyd_-_division_bell-2

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Sponsored by Lucile de Godoy and DesleyJaneGo HERE for all the covers for last weeks challenge!  

library cropped Cover Makeover Artist – Toby

Book Cover and CD Cover Makeover!!

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895333 Original cover – go HERE for GoodReads info

Go HERE for challenge #4 details!

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week 5Original CD Cover – go HERE for Amazon info!

Go HERE for challenge #5 details!

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This is for challenges #4 and #5! BobbieSue used the same model for both covers, mom’s nephew, MDP. She feels his brooding good looks and outstanding talent in music (both guitar and cello) worked well with these two covers.

bobbiesue headshotBobbieSue, Book & CD Cover Makeover Artist!