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Beegu

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This book is charming and an excellent read for KS1 children, particularly Foundation stage and for classrooms with UAL and SEN children. Would be a lovely story to share with EAL children, about how we speak different languages and some may feel the struggle of not being understood. We loved the positive message that children generally accept differences more easily than adults and are more adaptable to change. Sad and alone she finds comfort in a box of abandoned puppies outside an animal shelter but it is soon apparent that “Beegu wasn’t wanted there” when she is discovered by an adult.

The images of Beegu are a great aid to the readers in seeing just how different Beegu is and why he is having such difficulty in our world making friends. They appear to be done in water color and they are simple pictures, yet they convey a lot of emotion.But at last, on a school playground, Beegu discovers a group of fantastic companions who are happy to let her join their games .

Her mother finds her and, again, another wonderful illustrations shows little Beegu reunited with her parents. The story could be used to teach children about those who are different and don't fit in as easily as others, and the importance of making people feel welcome, as throughout the book the idea of loneliness is repeated and presented through the text and pictures, making the reader empathise with Beegu.I have seen this story read to a class of year 2 pupils and it was totally captivating for both boys and girls. The loneliness felt by Beegu is heartfelt and I believe a lot of children will be able to empathise with her emotions at being a stranger in a new environment.

The cutest story book teaching children about acceptance as Beegu (the little alien character) becomes stranded on earth.When a little alien named Beegu - who looks rather like a three-eyed yellow rabbit, with long floppy ears - crash lands on Earth, she has trouble making herself understood by the locals, who seem either indifferent or unfriendly. An important book which could be used for so many different ages and abilities especially as mentioned bellow with SEN and EAL children. They remind me of Allie Brosh’s dog illustrations that manage to pack so much expression into a line drawing. This is a sweet, touching story about a young rabbit-like alien who is stranded on Earth and looking for her mother. I love how the children and puppies in this story are so welcoming to Beegu and it’s a big part of this story how the adults are not so welcoming.

Alexis Deacon is one of Book Trust's ten Best New Illustrators, and Beegu was a New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Book of the Year and shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal. Waiting for a rescue signal from her mother, she fails to make friends with the strange creatures she encounters. Beegu is a bright yellow, strange looking creature from another planet who somehow gets lost on earth. These questions could be explored with the class a discussion and/or as an opportunity for the class to create their own narrative for the reasons behind these remaining puzzles.

It would be an excellent book for teachers to use when welcoming new students into the classroom, encouraging the children to be considerate and make sure no one in the class feels anxious and isolated like Beegu. The gorgeous illustrations makes it accessible to EAL (English as an additional language)and SEN (Special Educational Needs) children and as the story is so simple it is ideal for children to act this out in role play. It can lead to discussions about confusion, loneliness, abandonment, getting lost and the way people treat each other.

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