Friday, January 22, 2021

Review: The Blue Tit Travels - Africa by Astra

After yesterday's journey to magical world's, today's book ditches the magic and sticks to the travel. The cover caught my attention on this one...and the Blue Tit. I can't think of a single book I've read that features a Blue Tit. And this one is cute and ready for adventure.
 



THE BLUE TIT TRAVELS AFRICA
by Astra
Pegasus Publishers
Picture Book
33 pages
ages 4 to 8

In this funny and beautifully illustrated first book of the series, follow the brave little Blue Tit as he discovers some of Africa's many amazing animals to understand that different isn't scary...



MY TIDBITS

With vivid illustrations, a lovely Blue Tit discovers the animals of Africa and learns something important along the way.

This little Blue Tit doesn't understand why the other Blue Tits only want to sit around and never fly off for adventure like some of the other birds. When it asks, they claim that it's too scary. But Blue Tit takes off to discover what Africa holds. Before the tiny bird knows it, it's facing very large animals....and they might not be as scary as the others claimed.

The Blue Tit is beautifully illustrated and remains the center of every page. At the end of the book, readers are requested to color their own Blue Tit, too. The other animals the Blue Tit meets are extremely realistic, and thanks to the black and white coloring, offer an intriguing contrast to the bright colors of the Blue Tit.

The story is simple enough and offers a nice repetition as the Blue Tit meets one animal after the other. The text, however, is on the heavier side. It works well for a read-aloud and can be used for those who have a more secure handle on words to read on their own. The vocabulary isn't difficult and simple for the younger end to understand. 

Not only does this book allow listeners to visit their favorite African animals but carries the message that just because something is different, doesn't mean it's scary.

And here she is...

A self taught Artist focusing on creating work with fine detail. Drawing with pen, painting with ink and inspired by nature, Astra creates realism art depicting the beauty of animals with a colourful twist. The splash of colour Astra adds to her work has become a signature style and is easily recognisable alongside her classical monochrome drawings.
A passionate explorer and a lover of nature Astra just loves to travel off the beaten track, there is nothing she enjoys more than to embark on an adventure. Since her mid thirties Astra has hiked in numerous far flung places and cannot wait to be able to tick off more trails from her list of hiking dreams. So far these have included the base camp of Mount Everest, numerous mountains in China, The Tiger Leaping Gorge, 1800 miles across the USA on the Pacific Crest Trail from Mexico to Canada, summiting Mount Whitney, Half Dome and numerous other mini adventures along the way. 
Astra’s dream is to hike a long trail on every continent and to follow the path of the Little Blue Tit in her illustrated Children’s Book, release date 29th October 2020. A percentage of the profits will be donated to conservation projects to help protect the beautiful animals she loves to draw.
In her third year as a professional artist Astra’s work can already be found in numerous galleries. With representation at a number of Art Fairs  in the UK and Internationally. 
2020 was scheduled to be very busy but with current circumstances most exhibitions have been postponed until further notice.
Based in Suffolk, England.


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