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Beegu

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This story was requested again and again and again at bedtime and I never grew tired of this baby alien’s adventure. Deacon’s simple text and soft illustrations cleverly convey a child’s feelings of uncertainty and confusion when faced with new surroundings.

After a while of being isolated from creatures the same as her, a big ship which had her parents in, came to rescue her. 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. 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. An important book which could be used for so many different ages and abilities especially as mentioned bellow with SEN and EAL children. It has scope to be studied in drama too for children to consider her emotions and develop empathy towards 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.

Beegu and Jitterbug Jam, both of which he illustrated, were named as New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Books of the Year. 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. The story unravels to reveal that although the adult humans weren’t very helpful or even nice to Beegu, the children on Earth were. I am likely to remember Beegu and sad that I’m one of the oldsters Beegu will not make a point of fondly remembering. Then an adult from an animal shelter finds Beegu and it is obvious that, “Beegu wasn’t wanted there.Feeling bewildered and alone as she awaits a rescue signal from her mother Beegu sets off to find friends with the strange creatures she comes across. 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. T, a young alien that had become separated from their family and lost on, what was to them, an alien planet, however befriends a group of children and is soon to be reunited by their family. The story could be used to teach children about those who are different and don't fit in as easily as others, and the importance of making people feel welcome, as throughout the book the idea of loneliness is repeated and presented through the text and pictures, making the reader empathise with Beegu.

I have seen this story read to a class of year 2 pupils and it was totally captivating for both boys and girls. Sad and alone she finds comfort in a box of abandoned puppies outside an animal shelter but it is soon apparent that “Beegu wasn’t wanted there” when she is discovered by an adult. With this message behind it, I feel it can be read to any children whether they are four or eleven, there can be clear discussions after and during the story in terms of their comprehension of it and what the important factors were.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. 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.

There is an illustration of Beegu cuddled up in a warm cardboard box with some puppies which is simply gorgeous. The loneliness felt by Beegu is heartfelt and I believe a lot of children will be able to empathise with her emotions at being a stranger in a new environment. 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 Story centres around an Alien coming to Earth and finding it difficult to find a place to fit in; with everywhere he goes, he is turned away and rejected. At last, the lonely Alien found a small group of children, who accepted the Alien regardless his differences. Here she seems sad from the way her, what looks like ears, are drooped back like a sad dog, as well as sadness in her eyes. I love how the children and puppies in this story are so welcoming to Beegu and it’s a big part of this story how the adults are not so welcoming. These questions could be explored with the class a discussion and/or as an opportunity for the class to create their own narrative for the reasons behind these remaining puzzles.

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