Official Review: Fantasy Animals by Janis Kirstein #1 by Shelle


Official Review: Fantasy Animals by Janis Kirstein#1 by Shelle

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» Feb 14, 2017
[The Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of “Fantasy Animals” by Janis Kirstein.]


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3 out of 4 stars

Review by Shelle

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Learning to get along with someone you don’t share similarities with can be tough. In Fantasy Animals, a children’s book written and illustrated Janis Kirstein, we follow two very different characters who must learn to work together and learn to appreciate their differences. I rated this book 3 out of 4 stars. The story is sweet and fun for kids, but there were some spacing irregularities, odd formatting errors, and strangely-worded sentences that led me to believe the book was not professionally edited.
Fantasy Animals introduces us to Vortex, an anteater, and Scoop, a lion. These two don’t have much in common, aside from the fact that they were born joined together at the torso. Scoop must endure Vortex’s loud ant eating and Vortex has to put up with Scoop’s need for speed as they race through the jungle. The conjoined animals do not always get along and often become quite annoyed with each other. They often complain loudly, argue with each other, and disagree on pretty much everything. When the duo learns it’s possible to be separated surgically, they jump at the chance to be free. However, once they begin to work together and appreciate the positive attributes of the other, they aren’t so sure being separated is the best choice.
This story is sweet and has a great lesson about getting along. The author and illustrator, Janis Kirstein, is an educator and likely drew from her own “getting along” experiences for this book. The importance of appreciating another’s talents and skills is highlighted, as well as the importance of friendship and compromise. The illustrations are bright a fun and make the story feel like an old-fashioned folktale. I liked the lesson this book taught and think the story was very creative and imaginative. A helpful links for educators section included at the end of the book is a nice resource for teachers wanting to expand on the book’s themes.
My second-grade daughter read this book along with me and she liked it very much. Her favorite parts were the illustrations and the funny arguing the characters did. She was also very happy with the ending and seemed to understand lesson of the story. Some words in the story were too difficult for her (anesthesia, proboscis, nauseated) so I think this book was likely intended for readers in grades 3-5.
I would recommend Fantasy Animals to anyone who appreciates fun and creative children’s stories. Kids will like this story and anyone with a sibling will identify with the characters. This would be a fun book to read aloud to younger kids and would definitely inspire some deeper conversations about appreciating differences and getting along.


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Sunday Afternoon Tea Time With Fantasy Animals!


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Sunday afternoon teatime is always better with a little story, don’t you think?  So here is a little excerpt from my story “Fantasy Animals.” To read more of this delightful modern day parable about today’s world problems click here.

NOT ALWAYS IN HARMONY
Not necessarily in peace, did these two very special
animals live. You see, from a very early age, Scoop and 

Vortex got on each other’s nerves almost constantly.

Every time Vortex would take great delight in placing
his long proboscis upon the earthen floor to suck the ants up
his snout, Scoop would rage at him: “Oh Vortex, there you
go again! Do you have to wheeze and suck with so much
gusto? It sounds like you are cutting down the entire Amazon
with an electric buzz saw blade.” This was most definitely her
favorite way to chide Vortex into active battle. 

“I eat ants and termites. That’s what I do so just get
over it Scoop!” Vortex was always very offended to be  compared to the electric buzz saw that they sometimes could
hear in the distance that filled them all with deep terror as it destroyed their beautiful habitat.


 


 

 

The World is Upside Down!


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Vortex is an anteater; Scoop is a lioness. What’s unusual about the two is not that Vortex likes to count how many ants he eats each day, or that Scoop likes to measure how fast she runs because she’s the fastest runner in the jungle. What’s unusual is that Vortex the anteater and Scoop the lioness were born together, attached at the shoulder and torso. Vortex and Scoop are one, even though they’re also two different animals. And this has become a problem. While Vortex wants to eat all the ants he can, Scoop wants to run as fast as she can, so neither one is happy with how the other goes about their business. So, what do they do? Do they seek surgical separation? Or do they learn to accommodate each other and live together in harmony?

Author and artist Janis Adrian Kirstein has written a charming, fantastical story in Fantasy Animals (Volume 1), complete with her own illustrations. The story reads like a treasured parable, a storyteller’s treat that also teaches valuable lessons. In this case, the lessons to be learned are about understanding, cooperating, resolving differences, and learning to live together without conflict in spite of differences. Everyone is born different, unique, and we all must learn to respect these differences, not criticize them. Vortex and Scoop had to learn how to negotiate, how to find something good in each other, and how to make allowances for the other’s differences. These are important lessons for all of us, young and old, to learn over and over again. A great story to share many times.

 

If you read this book and feel so moved, please feel free to write a review on my Amazon author page!

 

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Collector’s Choice: Marc Chagall


 

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Marc Chagall (French, born Russia – present-day Belarus; 1887-1985): Carmen, 1966. Lithograph. Image size: 39-1/2 x 25-11/16 inches (100.5 x 65.3 cm). Created in 1966 from a maquette for Chagall’s “Triumph of Music,” a series of 3 large-scale decorations created for the Metropolitan Opera House in New York (Carmen, The Magic Flute, Romeo and Juliet). © Marc Chagall.

‘Chagall created this piece for the opera “Carmen” by George Bizet upon its opening at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. The print is a small detail from a preliminary painting of Chagall’s much larger “The Triumph of Music”, which now hangs at the Metropolitan Opera.’

“Chagall: Midsummer Night’s Dreams”
Through January 8, 2017
Carrières de Lumières, Les Baux de Provence, France
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Exhibition:
“Winter Exhibition 2016”
Until February 15, 2017
Gilden’s Art Gallery, London

Thanks to:  #IRequireArt @irequireart #art

 

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Born Moishe Shagal
6 July 1887 (N.S.)
Liozna, near Vitebsk, Russian Empire (present-day Belarus)
Died 28 March 1985 (aged 97)
Saint-Paul-de-Vence, France
Nationality Russian, later French
Known for Painting stained glass
Movement :  Cubism Expressionism

 
Marc Zakharovich Chagall (/ʃəˈɡɑːl/ shə-gahl,  6 July [O.S. 24 June] 1887 – 28 March 1985) was a Russian-French artist. An early modernist, he was associated with several major artistic styles and created works in virtually every artistic format, including painting, book illustrations, stained glass, stage sets, ceramic, tapestries and fine art prints.

Art critic Robert Hughes referred to Chagall as “the quintessential Jewish artist of the twentieth century” (though Chagall saw his work as “not the dream of one people but of all humanity”). According to art historian Michael J. Lewis, Chagall was considered to be “the last survivor of the first generation of European modernists”. For decades, he “had also been respected as the world’s preeminent Jewish artist”. Using the medium of stained glass, he produced windows for the cathedrals of Reims and Metz, windows for the UN, and the Jerusalem Windows in Israel. He also did large-scale paintings, including part of the ceiling of the Paris Opéra.

Before World War I, he traveled between St. Petersburg, Paris, and Berlin. During this period he created his own mixture and style of modern art based on his idea of Eastern European Jewish folk culture. He spent the wartime years in Soviet Belarus, becoming one of the country’s most distinguished artists and a member of the modernist avant-garde, founding the Vitebsk Arts College before leaving again for Paris in 1922.

He had two basic reputations, writes Lewis: as a pioneer of modernism and as a major Jewish artist. He experienced modernism’s “golden age” in Paris, where “he synthesized the art forms of Cubism, Symbolism, and Fauvism, and the influence of Fauvism gave rise to Surrealism.”  Yet throughout these phases of his style “he remained most emphatically a Jewish artist, whose work was one long dreamy reverie of life in his native village of Vitebsk.”

“When Matisse dies,” Pablo Picasso remarked in the 1950s, “Chagall will be the only painter left who understands what colour really is.”

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Marc Chagall