Where Do We Go?

Where Do We Go?

Written by Dai Yun
Illustrated by Igor Oleynikov

Chinese, hardcover, 40pp
Dandelion, June 2021

Rights sold: 
World English (Canada)

Handling territories:
World exclude China.

中文信息,請下滑頁面⬇️

Every year on February 27, International Polar Bear Day is observed, with the topic “Protecting Mothers and Babies” as a prominent focus.

The much-publicized picture book author Dai Yun and the International Hans Christian Andersen Prize Illustration Award winner Igor Oleynikov collaborated on this book, which is based on the true events of the 2019 polar bear “invasion” of the Russian town of Beluga Bay. The two authors lead us to think about how people and nature get along with each other using a technique that shuttles between illusion and reality, full of human care. Let us consider how people and the environment interact through the brushstrokes and beautiful images of fairy tales.

Synopsis 
In the past, there was Mencius' Mother Moving Three Times (Meng Mu San Qian) and choosing neighbors to live with; currently, parents rush and live in school. Each generation of parents has struggled on different paths to help their children grow up better. 
There are also such a couple of polar bear parents in the faraway extreme cold country. They grabbed their young children and proceeded on a long migration trip in search of a suitable living environment. From obscure human communities to the zoo where food and drink are not a concern, from the old ice period to the moon at millions of miles in altitude... Polar bears have finally found a great new habitat after a long trek and exploration. The glaciers are towering, the wind and snow are massive, the seals are fat - everything is identical to their ideal environment. It's just a matter of finding such a location. Can they make it?
This is a fictional story, yet it is also a very real one. Humans' footsteps have never stopped from ancient times to the present, leaving an impression on every inch of ground. Step by step, the species who share the same planet as us continue to recede until there is no longer any way to flee, competing to "leave." Leopards, tigers, elephants, polar bears... These creatures, which before did not bother each other with people, came into contact with us in some way or another as a result of "moving," and even lost both.

About the Author

Dai Yun is a writer, translator, and publicist who specializes in children's books. Nanjing is where she grew up after being born in Zhejiang province.
She holds a bachelor's degree from Nanjing University's School of Foreign Languages as well as a master's degree from Australia's University of New South Wales.
Her published works include Sudan’s Rhino Horn, Where Have the Stinky Socks Gone?, The White Witch’s Garden, Little Tadpole Buys Airplane, The Walking Chicken.
Igor Oleynikov was born in Moscow in 1953. He has long been involved in animation design, and since 2009, he has been solely focused on the creation of picture books. His works are noted for its vivid rhythm, dynamics, and original composition, as well as its distinct atmosphere and mood. Representative works include Song of a Small Tugboat, Sounds of a Snowy Day, Tales of Uncle Remus, Who’s First (Chinese zodiac), and others. In March 2018, he received the International Hans Christian Andersen Award for Illustration.

北極熊搬家

戴芸/文
伊戈爾·奧列伊尼科夫/圖

精裝,40頁
蒲公英,2021年6月

已授權:加拿大(全球英文版)

可授權:繁體中文
每年2月27日是國際北極熊日,"保護媽媽和寶寶"是國際北極熊日的一大主題。備受關注的圖畫書作者戴芸、國際安徒生獎插畫家獎得主伊戈爾·奧列伊尼科夫連袂奉獻。

昔有孟母三遷,擇鄰而住;今有家長奔波,逐校而居。古往今來,每一代父母為了讓孩子更好地成長,都在不同的路上勞碌著。 
在遙遠的極寒之地,也有這樣一對北極熊父母。為了尋找適宜的生存環境,他們帶著年幼的孩子,踏上了茫茫遷徙路。從晦暗的人類小鎮,到吃喝不愁的動物園,從遠古的冰河世紀,到萬里高空的月球......歷經追尋與探索,北極熊們終發現了一個完美的新家。那裡的冰川很高,那裡的風雪好大,那裡的海豹肥美——一切的一切,都和他們夢中的老家一樣。只是,那樣一個地方,究竟是哪裡?他們又能否到達?

這是虛構的故事,更是迫在眉睫的現實。從古至今,人類的腳步永不停歇,在每一寸土地都留下了印跡。步步緊逼之下,和我們同享一個地球的生物不斷後退,直到退無可退,競相"出走"。豹子、老虎、大象、北極熊......這些原本和人類互不打擾的動物,因「搬家」而和我們產生這樣或那樣的交集,甚至兩敗俱傷。

備受關注的圖畫書作者戴芸和國際安徒生獎插畫家獎得主伊戈爾·奧列伊尼科夫,以2019年北極熊"入侵"俄羅斯小鎮白鯨灣的真實事件為依託,用穿梭於虛幻與現實之間的手法、飽含人性關懷的筆觸,連袂奉獻這樣一個略帶黑色幽默的故事。讓我們透過童話的筆觸和詩意的畫面,思考人與自然相處之道。

關於作者

戴芸
生於浙江,長於南京,圖畫書作者。 
代表作有《溜達雞》《梧桐》《蘇丹的犀角》《小烏卡兒童財商啟蒙繪本》等。作品《溜達雞》榮獲"信誼圖畫書獎"文字創作佳作獎,入選"小金獅杯"原創圖畫書2018年度排行榜TOP5;《蘇丹的犀角》入選第十五屆文津圖書獎推薦圖書、2019年深圳讀書月"年度十大童書",榮獲2019年大鵬自然童書獎"新人獎"、第七屆"中國童書榜"最佳童書。 

伊戈爾·奧列伊尼科夫
1953年生於莫斯科。曾長期從事動畫設計工作,2009年起,完全專注於圖畫書創作。其作品以充滿活力的節奏、動感和別具一格的構圖而著稱,具有獨特的氛圍和情緒。代表作有《小拖船之歌》《下雪天的聲音》《雷木斯大叔講故事》《十二生肖誰第一》等。2018年3月,榮獲國際安徒生獎插畫家獎。 

One thought on “Where Do We Go?

Comments are closed.