Synopses & Reviews
"This ethereal sequel to the Tolmans' remarkable debut, The Tree House (2010), stars the same genial polar bear in a similar series of wordless spreads. This time, the bear explores a series of islands in a vast, blue ocean. Some are natural outcroppings dotted with palms, while others are scribbly wooden structures that rise out of the water like abandoned fishing platforms. One is inhabited by hundreds of puffins. Another is topped by a kind of waterwheel, which the bear boards happily along with a sloth and some squirrels. The friendly storks, armadillo, and other creatures that accompany the polar bear are closely drawn in saturated colors, while the lonely expanses of sky and water are rendered with pale tints. On one island, the polar bear comes across a raccoon playing the violin. The bear stands enchanted, listening, a furry paw over its heart. The final spread shows the two cuddled up on the shore of a new island, gazing at the stars. It's the freest, most joyful kind of exercise of the imagination, one that holds delight for every viewer. Ages 3 up." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
“Readers of all ages will want to return to this treasure box of images again and again.” --Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
Outstanding International Best Book of the Year, The United States Board on Books for Young People (USBBY)
Winner of the Ragazzi Prize for Fiction at the Bologna International Children's Book Festival: "The Tree House is a wise, clear, even poetic, example of how an established topos of the collective imagination may be revisited with a fresh eye to reveal a continued relevance to modern times. . . . The book's message is not declaimed, but is conveyed quietly. It pleads for an enlightened ecological stance in which an intense awareness that we are part of nature does not forego our need for elegance and intellectual enquiry."
Marije and Ronald Tolman conquered the world with their fairy-tale like pictures of The Tree House. The golden father-daughter team that won important awards for The Tree House again create a world without words of its own, with a polar bear’s dreamy road trip along awe-inspiring islands and colorful animal friends.
About the Author
MARIJE TOLMAN (1976) graduated in Graphic and Typographic Design at the Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague. She studied Illustration and design at the Edinburgh College of Art in Scotland. Now she lives and works in The Hague as a fulltime children’s book illustrator. The daughter of an artist, Marije has an inbred eye for color, beauty, and subtlety. She knows how to paint the delicate detail without losing the overall perspective. RONALD TOLMAN (1948) is a sculptor, painter and graphic artist. Ronald Tolman plays with ancient topics and current developments.His sculptures and the visualizations in his paintings, etchings, drawings and ceramics move between wistful perceptions and sparkling impulsiveness.