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Pomelo est bien sous son pissenlit, or how a tiny pink elephant can make your day

Pomelo est un petit éléphant charmant et un peu peureux qui vit tranquillement sa vie dans un potager au milieu des escargots, fourmis et autres insectes locaux. L’album Pomelo est bien sous son pissenlit est un florilège de trois histoires. Dans la première, on apprend à connaître Pomelo. Par dessus tout, il aime sa tranquilité, mais aussi faire des grimaces, bricoler et essayer d’épater les fourmis en faisant la fontaine avec sa trompe géante.

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Sa trompe gigantesque lui cause d’ailleurs quelques soucis, elle se coince au moment les plus inopportuns, l’empêche de respirer s’il veut la discipliner en s’en faisant un collier, et lui vaut l’affection indésirable des bébé escargots. Les yeux de merlan frit des bébés escargots ne manquent d’ailleurs jamais de nous faire rire!

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Même l’histoire  dans laquelle Pomelo nous raconte ses frayeurs a de quoi faire sourire ses lecteurs. L’ombre des poireaux la nuit et leur raideur menaçante saura peut être émouvoir vos plus petits, mais je vous défie de résister à Pomelo en petit chaperon rouge (qui a peur de se retrouver dans la mauvaise histoire), ou à l’image qui illustre sa peur de voir sa trompe ne jamais s’arrêter de grandir!

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Le ton des trois histoires a beau être changeant, on ne peut que sourire et se dire que vraiment Pomelo est un attachant petit personnage. La preuve en images? Regardez ces petits bouts de chou de maternelle approcher et caresser le modèle réduit de Pomelo que la bibliothèque de Liévin avait mise à disposition pour une super expo l’hiver dernier dans le Pas de Calais! Quel potager! Un vrai régal pour les yeux, et quelle bibliothécaire, vraiment!

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Les plus grands aimeront sans doute dans d’autres albums comme Pomelo grandit la myriade de questions et réflexions philosophiques sur le fait de grandir.

En bref, à mettre entre toutes les mains de 3 à 7-8ans de préférence.

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Pomelo is a tiny pink garden elephant, so tiny that he likes nothing more than sitting under a dandelion. Pomelo likes his freedom and enjoys his own company. At times, he feels cheeky and makes cracking faces, at other times he prefers riding his Italian snail-friend Gigi across giant carrot fields.

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Ramona Bădescu and Benjamin Chaud render the ever changing mood of Pomelo with both tenderness and accuracy. For toddlers who often struggle with their emotions, it is very reassuring to see this little elephant being upset, and clumsy. With my older daughter we talked about his utterly funny yet irrational fears like when he finds himself in the wrong story.

Pomelo’s books have been translated in several languages including English, and the various titles in which he stars range from simple picture books for the youngest to more elaborate ones where Pomelo questions growing up and changing.

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Here is a link to a review and pics of one of his translated stories where Pomelo explores colours. If you want something more detailed and you’re curious about the illustrator Benjamin Chaud, go and see this page where you can see him in action in New York last spring. My advice is, do give this adorable elephant a try, you won’t regret it!

 

A green paradise right by the overground: the Geffrye Museum

Right now  London is hot, so hot  actually that the tube has become a place where it would be illegal to transport livestock! The holidays have also just started for school age children and now is a good time to think about what to do with them. I am not the kind of parent who whines about the long days to be filled during the summer break, not that I don’t long for time on my own from time to time, but I try to see these six weeks as an opportunity to slow down and to enjoy places we do not go to as often as I would ideally like.

One of these places is the Geffrye museum, and it can be reached by overground, which you will be glad to read is air conditioned.  Whether you have a toddler or an older child matters very little because the place has wonderful things for everyone!

Active children will love running in the front gardens, little artists will love the amazing (and free) activities lined up this summer, and parents will no doubt enjoy the peaceful herb garden and period gardens at the back of the main building.  The museum itself is all about the home and you can take a peek through a typical living room throughout time which is a very interesting experience. For those interested in a taster or if you want to prolong your visit, the kid’s zone online gives you plenty of options, from designing a Victorian room to colouring a beautiful oil lamp.

In short,  if you’re too hot to face the tube or too broke to go to the cinema, then hop on the overground to Hoxton and enjoy this great place!