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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)
Bicki-Books: Calm Beasts 002
by Herberts Dorbe
Age Range: Under_5
Calm Beasts (002), written by Herberts Dobre with stunning lifelike illustrations by Gita Treice. The reader encounters a whole host of animals – “no bars, no ropes, no lock on the door." Wolves fall silent and lions lie down to be stroked. Treice’s warm, muted palette in rich shades of brown with some exquisite and expressive animal portraits such as the Tigers are beautifully executed bringing them vividly to life. Since this wasn’t a zoo, where did it happen? A lovely rhyme about the power of the imagination.
Bicki-Books are a truly delightful collectable series of postcard-sized picture books bringing to life some of Latvia’s best-loved children’s poems and modern nursery rhymes. Curated by Rūta Briede and translated into English by Žanete Vēvere Pasqualini, Uldis Balodis, and Kate Wakeling, each poem has been skilfully matched to a leading contemporary illustrator.
These first six titles were published in 2019 followed by a further six in January 2020.