Rufus: The Bat Who Loved Colors (Hardcover)

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Bookseller: Catherine

Title:Rufus: The Bat Who Loved Colors

Comments: RUFUS is the story of a bat who discovers the world of daylight and color but ultimately learns and accepts that he is a creature of the night. Rich with themes of acceptance, difference and resilience, not to mention the classic pairing of light/dark and good/evil.  I am not a fan of "fluff" children's books about puppies and kittens and rainbows. Children are intelligent beings. They deserve intelligent literature. RUFUS is an intelligent, captivating and beautiful picture book. Most importantly, kids will love it! 

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Tomi Ungerer's classic tale about a bat who learns to embrace his differences through friendship.

Like all bats, Rufus sees life in black and white, until he chances upon an outdoor movie theatre and is awakened to the dazzling world of colours for the first time. Inspired and excited, Rufus paints his own wings and ventures out into the day, only to discover that his unusual appearance attracts unwelcome attention. Though he is initially rejected for his difference, Rufus soon learns to accept himself for who he is, thanks to a new friend.

First published in 1961, this classic story of difference and acceptance is as relevant today.

Beautifully written and illustrated by the internationally acclaimed author and illustrator, Tomi Ungerer, winner of the prestigious Hans Christian Anderson Award for children's literature.

A picture book for ages 3-6.

About the Author

Born in Strasbourg in 1931, Tomi Ungerer landed in New York in 1956 with $60 in his pocket and with a suitcase full of drawings. Overnight he became a star as a caricaturist, illustrator and children's book author and published more than eighty books in ten years. In 1998, Tomi Ungerer was awarded the Hans Christian Andersen Award for illustration and has become an internationally renowned artist. He now divides his time between Ireland and Strasbourg, France, where the Musee Tomi Ungerer, a museum devoted exclusively to his work, opened in 2007.Other Tomi Ungerer books published by Phaidon include The Three Robbers (2009), Moon Man (2009), Adelaide (2011) and Fog Island (2013)
Product Details
ISBN: 9780714870496
ISBN-10: 0714870498
Publisher: Phaidon Press
Publication Date: September 7th, 2015
Pages: 32
Language: English