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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)
Rufus the Bat who Loved Colours
by Tomi Ungerer
Age Range: Under_5
Rufus is a very curious bat. He's discovered that he is attracted to colour, after coming across a film showing in an open air cinema one night when he was out and about. All Rufus is used to is the grey and black of night and now he wants to explore during the day so that he can see the world in colour. Inspired by what he sees, and, with the help of an abandoned paint box, Rufus paints his own wings in an array of bright colours. However, not everyone is ready for a multi-coloured bat!
First published in 1961 this classic story, by the internationally acclaimed Alsace writer and illustrator Tomi Ungerer, is amusing, but it also has a serious message of being comfortable with who you are and of being different and accepted which is just as relevant today as it was then.
Children are sure to engage with this, and the many other fresh, new English language editions of Ungerer's work published by Phaidon over the last few years.