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Year of the Jungle (Anglais) Relié – Illustré, 10 septembre 2013

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Praise for Suzanne Collins's work:

"Collins writes with raw power." -- TIME Magazine

Praise for James Proimos's work:

“…Imaginative and humorous…”-- PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

"Proimos's light cartoon art and plotline carry some weighty themes." -- SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL

"In her first picture book, Collins sensitively examines the impact of war on the very young, using her own family history as a template. Suzy is the youngest of four children—Proimos draws her with impossibly big, questioning blue eyes and a mass of frizzy red hair—and she is struggling to understand the changes in her family. ?My dad has to go to something called a war,? she explains. ?It’s in a place called Viet Nam. Where is Viet Nam? He will be gone a year. How long is a year? I don’t know what anybody’s talking about.? When Suzy learns that her father is in the jungle, she imagines something akin to the setting of her favorite cartoon (Collins suggests it’s George of the Jungle). As the months wear on, though, Suzy begins to piece together the danger her father is in, whether it’s through the increasingly unnerving postcards he sends (one reads, ?Pray for me,? in closing) or by catching a snippet of wartime violence on the news. ?Explosions. Helicopters. Guns. Soldiers lie on the ground. Some of them aren’t moving.? In four wordless spreads, Proimos makes Suzy’s awakening powerfully clear, as the gray jungle she initially pictured (populated by four smiling, brightly colored animals) gives way to a more violent vision, as the animals morph into weapons of war. Just when Suzy’s confusion and fear reach an apex: ?Then suddenly my dad’s home.? As in Collins’s Hunger Games books, the fuzzy relationship between fear and bravery, and the reality of combat versus an imagined (or, in the case of those books, manufactured) version of it is at the forefront of this story. By the final pages, Suzy has come to understand that ?Some things have changed but some things will always be the same.? It’s a deceptively simple message of reassurance that readers who may currently be in Suzy’s situation can take to heart, whether their loved ones return changed, as hers did, or don’t return at all. " - Publishers Weekly starred review

"Collins mines her own experience to tell a tender, personal story of war seen through a child’s eyes. Firstgrader Suzy’s father is deployed to Viet Nam. At first, though she misses him, she dreams of the exotic jungle. But as the year goes on, marked by Christmas trees and candy hearts, things get harder. His postcards arrive less and less frequently, while news of the war, and its real dangers, comes more and more often. In the end Suzy’s father returns, and while some things are different, some things are the same. Collins’ unflinching first-person account details the fears and disappointments of the situation as a child would experience them. And where more realistic illustrations would feel overwrought and sentimental, Proimos’s flat, cartoony drawings, with their heavy lines and blocky shapes, are sturdy and sweet, reflecting a child’s clear-eyed innocence. While small, personal details and specific references to Viet Nam fix the story in one child’s individual experience, it is these very particularities that establish the kind of indelible and heartfelt resonance to be universally understood. Indeed, children missing parents in all kinds of circumstances will find comfort here." - Booklist starred review

"Collins, well known for her middle-school and YA fantasies, offers here a radical change of pace in this picture book story inspired by her own childhood, documenting the year young Suzy’s father goes off to the Vietnam War. At first, the prospect doesn’t sound all that bad to a rising first-grader with little grasp of time; how long could one year be? Additionally, Dad is headed for the jungle, and some of Suzy’s favorite animals live (at least by her reckoning) in the jungle. A year turns out to be a very long time, though, especially when postcards come only sporadically, people’s efforts at cheering her up only fill her with heretofore unconsidered anxieties, and Dad’s brief missives seem increasingly distanced and confused. Theirs is a happy-ish ending—Dad does come home, although “he looks different. Tired and thin and his skin has turned the color of pancake syrup. . . . He stares into space. He is here but not here.” Collins’ text is simple, but it’s rich in the telling details that establish the pervasive fear (“So many things are scary now”) that spills over into other aspects of the little girl’s life—getting a birthday card from Dad that should have gone to her sister, being showered with too much Halloween candy from a sympathetic neighbor, having a terrifying experience of being tossed into a local swimming pool. Proimos’ ink-lined, digitally colored illustrations are the pitch-perfect tonal complement to Collins’ narration, with the family portrayed as wide-eyed, childlike cartoons that carry on with daily life in crayon-bright hues, while young Suzy’s angst-filled imaginings take shape in full-spread, full-bleed gray-tone scenes that twist her innocent favorite animals into recurrent nightmarish motifs and symbols of war. With text and illustrations that invite close reading, this will be a powerful title to share with children well beyond picture-book age. "
- The Bulletin for the Center for Children's Books starred review

Présentation de l'éditeur

NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Suzanne Collins has created a deeply moving autobiographical picture book about a father who must go off to the war in Vietnam -- and the daughter who stays behind.

When young Suzy's father leaves for Vietnam, she struggles to understand what this means for her and her family. What is the jungle like? Will her father be safe? When will he return? The months slip by, marked by the passing of the familiar holidays and the postcards that her father sends. With each one, he feels more and more distant, until Suzy isn't sure she'd even recognize her father anymore.

This heartfelt and accessible picture book by Suzanne Collins, the NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author of the Hunger Games series, is accompanied by James Proimos's sweet and funny illustrations. This picture book will speak to any child who has had to spend time away from a parent.

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  • Relié: 40 pages
  • Editeur : Scholastic Press; Édition : 1 (10 septembre 2013)
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 0545425166
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545425162
  • Dimensions du produit: 1,3 x 29,2 x 22,9 cm
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Suzanne Collins a écrit de nombreuses sériés télévisées pour enfants, avant de se consacrer à l'écriture de romans. Hunger Games est sa deuxième série pour la jeunesse. Elle vit avec sa famille dans le Connecticut, aux États-Unis.

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Par alittlematterwhatever TOP 500 COMMENTATEURS le 29 décembre 2013
Format: Relié
Suzanne Collins n’en finit pas de nous surprendre : après Hunger Games et Gregor, elle se lance dans l’album illustré !
Year of the Jungle brouille les pistes entre réel et fiction ! L’auteur nous livre un bout de son enfance. On y suit en effet un bout de vie de la petite Suzy dont le père vient de partir à la guerre, pour une année entière. La fillette se pose alors de nombreuses questions : où son père est-il allé ? Pour quoi faire ? Quand va-t-il revenir ?

Year of the jungle est vraiment un album surprenant. Pour être honnête, je ne pense pas qu’il sera édité en France. La France n’a pas le même rapport à l’armée que les Etats-Unis : Le patriotisme américain est bien connu et les soldats sont de vrais héros. Pourtant, j’ai trouvé l’album de Suzanne Collins très malin. En effet, on a tendance à oublier que les enfants, même les plus jeunes, peuvent comprendre les choses. Ici, la petite Suzy sait simplement que son papa est parti dans la jungle, sans savoir ce qu’il va y faire. L’auteur partage avec nous le stress qu’elle a réellement subi à travers cette absence, son étonnement de voir les adultes si inquiets, sa non-compréhension quand elle ne reçoit plus de cartes, même pour les occasions importantes. Mais ce qui m’a le plus marqué, c’est vraiment la peur de la fillette quand elle comprend où est vraiment son père. Et c’est là que je me suis dit que finalement, ce titre pourrait s’appliquer à n’importe quel évènement marquant pour un enfant : un divorce, un décès, une naissance… Suzanne Collins nous montre ici qu’il est important de parler aux enfants. Finalement, Year of the jungle est un album à faire lire aux grands en priorité et ce, même si les illustrations font vraiment jeunesse.
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A Must Read 17 septembre 2013
Par pamelathompsonblogger - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
Year of the Jungle
by Suzanne Collins
Illustrations by James Proimos
Scholastic Press
40 pages

A father goes to war, a child is at home wondering if she will ever see her father again. She knows the jungle is where her favorite cartoon character lives so it can't be that scary. They tell her Viet Nam is where her father is and he is going to be away for one year. The child is unsure how long a year is. Her father sends her postcards from the jungle and photos, too. Christmas comes and her father sends her Vietnamese doll. It's winter and snowing outside when she receives a birthday card, but her birthday isn't until summer. Her mother tells her the card is probably for Joanie, her sister, and that her father is "...busy and just got confused." The child worries that her father makes "...such a serious mistake"--he must be very busy and confused. Television news shows scare her; there are men dying in Viet Nam, and her mother rushes to turn off the t.v. After a long time, the father finally comes home, but he acts a little strange at first.

Like Suzanne Collins, my father fought in the Viet Nam War. In fact, he spent three tours there since he was a real adrenaline junkie. Each time he left, we saw my mom worry. We saw the news every night on television. We wondered why my dad was in the jungle. We wondered when he was coming home. He sent home movies to us. My dad standing by his tent, my dad on a boat traveling up a yellow brown river, monkeys fighting and rice paddies. My dad waving and flexing his muscles with his buddies and everyone smiling. My dad always came home, but thousands of young Americans didn't and their kids were forever scarred. Today, thousands more American children have a parent or sibling on active duty either at home or in a war zone. The impact of Year of the Jungle will be felt by any child who has experienced a loved one in combat.

Illustrations by James Proimos are light-hearted and even whimsical even when depicting a helicopter or tank. The story may be frightning and awful, the main character worried and lost, but the artwork takes the painful story of Viet Nam and makes it tangible even to very young children. When the father returns, the girl says, "...I stand in the doorway watching him. He stares into space. He is here but not here. He is back in the jungle."

Highly, highly recommended for everyone. This book should have a place in every library and on every book shelf. It is an important book and will likely begin conversations about war and military service.

FTC Required Disclaimer: I received the F & G from the publisher. I did not receive monetary compensation for this review.

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another artistic approach would have been better. The narrative is a non-fiction account of the ... 12 décembre 2014
Par Shelli - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
The subject material of this book, a young girl dealing with the absence of her father while he is away fighting in Vietnam, was surprising due to the simplistic cartoonish style illustrations; another artistic approach would have been better. The narrative is a non-fiction account of the author’s childhood and describes the lack of understanding that a young child may have of war, and the growing fears they face when seeing news clips or the reactions of others when they explain where their parent is. I don’t know what age group I would best recommend for this book but I did enjoy sharing it with my daughter.
Wonderful 2 mars 2015
Par Be Moore - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle
Very endearing. Brought tears to my eyes with the realism of the simplicity and complexity children see the adult world through. Bravo Suzanne Collins!!!!!! I may never have checked it out from the library, if I had not read " The Hunger Games", and I truly would have been missing out. Thank You Suzanne C.
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Just What You Would Expect From Collins 16 septembre 2013
Par Jon (Scott Reads It!) - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
Who would've thought that Suzanne Collins would follow up Mockingjay with a picture book? I was caught off guard when Scholastic announced that Collins' next book would be Year Of The Jungle. Though Year Of The Jungle is targeted towards little children, it definitely has Collins' signature style. Year Of The Jungle is a mix of adorable, heartwarming moments and moments where you just want to hug Suzy! This is a perfect book for children whose parent(s) go off to war because it really captures all of the uncertainties and mystery that kids would feel. The drawings are simple, yet well done as is the story. I wasn't expecting Year Of The Jungle to be such a memorable read, I'd definitely recommend it!
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tugs at the heart strings 6 novembre 2013
Par Melissa Sack - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle
Suzanne Collins, famous for the Hunger Games series, grew up in a military home. In 1968 her father is deployed in Viet Nam. He serves there for over a year. This book is about how the family tried to cope with his absence and also how they try to pick up the pieces when he is finally home. Her father is struggling from post traumatic stress syndrome and it's hard for everyone.

This would be a great book to read to children with parents in the military. It will show them that they are not alone and that communicating with their families will help so much.
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