The Bilbies of Bliss

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Bilby is one of the beloved local animals in Australia. This desert-dwelling marsupial omnivore looks  like a mix of rabbit and rat, with its mouse-like pointed face but long ears like rabbit. Sadly it is on extinct nowadays.

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Bilby is also a cherished character in Australian picture book. Like this one, The Bilbies of Bliss, with a granny bilby at the cover, attracted my attention.

The story is about how a group of elderly Bilbies fight for their own right to live comfortably in the retire home. Bliss, the dream retired home for old bilbies was not as good as people expected. There were strict rules like set-time for dinner, no talking or dozy at the table, not allow to visit each others etc. The old bilbies were much afraid of the Matron, who governed the Bliss in an unreasonable strict and cool manner.

Biba, who moved to Bliss recently, enjoyed the quite quarter, beautiful rose garden and delicious food greatly. However, she felt a bit unsure every time she encountered the Matron in a cross manner.

One day, a new bilby moved in and her name is Nina. Unlike Biba, she felt uneasy and angry in front of the bossy Matron.She was surprise to know that they have to run for the dinner, otherwise they won’t be admitted to the dinning hall. She saw a sad old bilby, Dee, who sat alone in the corner, punished by Matron for constantly fell asleep during dinner, with her head on someone’s shoulder. And there was another bilby, Mr.Bone who was late because he was too old to walk quick and thus not allowed to have dinner.

Nina wanted to say some thing, but timid Biba hold her back because she was afraid of the furious Matron. Nina was angry and upset and locked herself in her room without coming to dinner the other night. Biba started to reflect if Bliss was really a happy place.

Finally Nina came down for dinner and surprisingly she came in with Mr. Bone. The Matron was furious and ordered Mr. Bone to leave saying he don’t have right to eat since he was late. Nina said no and she said,”This Home may appear beautiful, but it is not a fit place to grow old.” What she said touched the hearts of every bilby presented and they all agreed that Matron should be the one to leave You can imagine how terribly angry of the mean Matron. The Matron left and the old bilbies lived happily ever after.

It is a touching picture book, good story and nice pictures. It presents the pain and loneliness of the elder people and their weakness generated by a desire of retire in a beautiful place. It tells about how to guard our own right when facing unfair treatment. To submit to the brutal is not a way to maintain happiness; and by no means can we live with dignity without speak up our rights. And the story also reveals how important to respect elder people in every day life and what it means by Home.

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Pittipat’s Saucer of Moon

窗外的月亮大又亮
小黑猫儿啊,看着看着就睡着了
夜色苍苍
小黑猫支着帆船在海中飘荡
飘荡到哪里去
趁着大浪,在浪尖上踮起脚趾,用力一跳
哎呀,小黑猫!
你把天空抓烂了
一个又一个破洞,成了小星星
小猫咪要爬去月亮咯
月亮啊,是一个又大又圆的奶油哦
小黑猫决定要把奶油月亮吃光光
月亮恐吓道
你再靠近,我可要把你给吃掉!
小猫咪可不怕,他是馋嘴无敌的小黑猫
他还有很多馋嘴无敌的兄弟姐妹猫
一起涌上去---舔啊、啃啊、咬啊
可怜的月亮少了半边面
要不是猫妈妈将他们一只一只地,从月亮上叼下来
月亮啊,早就没有了
一团小猫咪呼呼睡
窗外月牙儿高高挂
谁知道

天生我脚必有用

书名:
Harris Finds His Feet by Catherine Rayner

这是一只黄兔,一只长着大大脚板的黄兔。可是他很忧伤,正正是他巨大无比的脚丫,让他觉得自己古怪而滑稽。

那么小的一只兔子,为什么脚丫那么大呢?不知回到兔子是否学过希腊的雕塑审美,很显然他觉得自己身体比例不平衡,不和谐。

 

他的爷爷,一只背上毛色斑驳的灰身老兔子,知道孙子的心事。他说,啊,我们的脚长得那么大,不是没有道理的。

 

他努力向上一跳,哇,跳得可高呢!小黄兔跟着跳,越跳越欢,仿佛跳上了天空,跳得甚至比爷爷还要高!

他们蹦蹦跳跳,向山上跑去,留下一个个巨大的脚印和长长的身影。

 

他们看到落日,看到飞鸟,看到无限延伸的天空。

 

他们享受慵懒的下午,躺在地上,晒着阳光,静静听着微风拂动。小黄兔说:“瞧,我的大脚丫正好遮挡阳光呢!”

 

他们听到狼的嚎叫,那么的骇人。爷爷说:“不用怕!我们的大脚丫使我们跑得快,来,我们一起跑!”

 

小黄兔迈开脚步跑啊跑,他忘记了时间,忘记了自己的胆怯,忘记自己的怪脚丫。突然,他发现爷爷不在身边,转头一看,爷爷正在喘着气追着。

爷爷说:“我老了,跑不动了。世界是你的了,你尽情迈开脚步跑吧、跳吧!”

 

小黄兔不再担心他的大脚丫,他跑过嫩绿的春天、墨绿的夏天、枫叶红的秋天和冷蓝的冬天。跑掉青春的忧愁,结实了身体,多了一份勇气。