When I was asked to paint the illustrations with Teddy Bears for the book Bernard Goes To Music School, there was important trait to follow. The little Teddies had to be painted in accordance with the children songs. The one above was a prototype of “Ten In The Bed” about the cute brothers Teddy Bears that rolled over in the bed. And even though, I painted only five of them, peacefully sleeping in the bed, one was already “rolled over” without even noticing that! I wanted to make this illustration as fun as could be telling the story in the motion of the silly bears.
The next few illustrations that I pained with Teddy Bears was the one in the music class. This one contained a special rhythm of different motions and counts.
Teddy Bear Walks, Walks, Walks, Walks!
Teddy Bear Runs, Runs, Runs!
These types of illustrations have great interactive qualities. Children can play with parents while reading the book. They can definitely follow the protagonist Bernard and clap their hands together with his classmates.
Fun Fun Teddy Bears!
For those who is reading my blog for the first time, here is a little info on the book:
The book is called Bernard Goes To Music School, written by Connie Du. You can find this book on Amazon. Just type Irina Sztukowski in the search window or copy and insert this link into the browser
The author’s note:
Bernard, a little boy, has gone to music school to start a musical journey that is about to change him profoundly in many ways… Initially he has difficulty singing those strange funny music notes and he often feels shy around people. He and other kids receive music training from Mrs. Tania, a lovable music teacher, who inspires him to sing and love music. He needs to practice countless times before he can overcome his shyness and sing beautifully in class. He learns a lot, has a lot of fun and makes friends in his music class but his achievements wouldn’t be possible without the unfailing love and encouragement from his parents throughout the journey. At the end of this story Bernard is not so shy anymore and he really enjoys being with his friends in music school! Music is a wonderful thing that can work magic on our children. (Connie Du)