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‘We need the literature of other countries to expand our
horizons and stimulate our ideas. Without it, we are not only
diminished, we are starved’
(The Times, Magnus Linklater 29/06/05)
Ernest & Celestine: The Picnic
by Gabrielle Vincent
Age Range: Under_5
Celestine is looking forward to going on a picnic with Ernest, but when she wakes up it is raining. When Ernest sees how upset Celestine is at the thought of cancelling the picnic he decides that no matter what their picnic will still go ahead.
The ‘Ernest and Celestine’ series are charming classic tales of friendship between a bear and a mouse which were first created in the 1980s by Belgian author and illustrator Gabrielle Vincent. The sublime and timeless watercolour and ink illustrations are so full of expression, particularly of Celestine. Their delicate, intricate detail captures the touches of humour perfectly which is what makes these two characters so endearing.
The first title in the series is Ernest and Celestine is also available with a new translation in English by Sam Alexander.
A French 2D animated film ‘Ernest and Celestine’ – based on the much loved series, tells the tale of how they met and became such good friends. The film won the Cesar for Best Animated Picture in 2013.