7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #383: Featuring David Soman

h1 May 25th, 2014 by jules

“And Mama Bear, being a mother, looked at each one of her three little bears,
hugged them all very, very tight, kissed the tops of their furry heads,
and forgave them. Then she brought them inside for a warm supper.”

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Now, wouldn’t this have been the perfect post for Mother’s Day a couple Sundays back? Too bad I always do everything backwards.

This is art from David Soman’s Three Bears in a Boat, released just this past week by Dial Books for Young Readers. I reviewed this for BookPage, so if you want to read all about it, that link is here. I wanted to be sure to follow up with art. My very favorite illustration from the book is below, too.


“Charlie and Theo smiled. And so just like that, the sly bears slide their into the sea and set sail. Their sail flew open like a wing, and the boat flashed across the water. Dotting the sea around their home were many other bears in boats.
Surely one of them would know where they could find a blue seashell.”

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“But the bears on the first boat did not have any idea where to look. The bears in the second boat were a little confused. And the bears in the third boat seemed a bit busy.”
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“They sailed until the island rose in a hump before them,
and began to search for the seashell.”

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“Mama was waiting for them. ‘I’m sorry I broke your shell,’ said Theo. ‘Me too,’
said Dash. ‘Me three,’ said Charlie. ‘But look what we found for you!’
Dash held up the beautiful new shell.”

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THREE BEARS IN A BOAT. Copyright © 2014 by David Soman. Published by Dial Books for Young Readers, New York. Illustrations reproduced by permission of the publisher.

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Note for any new readers: 7-Imp’s 7 Kicks is a weekly meeting ground for taking some time to reflect on Seven(ish) Exceptionally Fabulous, Beautiful, Interesting, Hilarious, or Otherwise Positive Noteworthy Things from the past week, whether book-related or not, that happened to you. New kickers are always welcome.

* * * Jules’ Kicks * * *

1) Last weekend I saw my super cool nephew graduate from high school, and I saw a girl I used to babysit get married. MARRIED, I tell you. Time marches on.

I wasn’t sure I’d be able to stop by Knoxville’s Children’s Festival of Reading, but fortunately I did have time after all. I had a Zachariah OHora sighting (no, that’s not the ghost of Shel Silverstein) …

… and I got to hear (pictured left to right) Zachariah, Toni Buzzeo, Jessica Young, Andrea Davis Pinkney, and Brian Pinkney discuss picture books:

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2) I have been wearing out St. Vincent’s new CD, because it is very, very good.

3) This week Neko Case told someone not to “Peggy-Olson” her.

4) Teachers who get it.

5) I got an F&G of Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen’s new picture book, Sam and Dave Dig a Hole (not out till October). I see so many picture books every week that it’s such a treat to see ones like this — funny and clever and one to pore over.

I hope to post about it closer to its release. I won’t be able to help myself. It’s a really wonderful book.

6) My daughters and I are reading some great novels aloud together.

7) School is very close to being out, so we’ll be reading even more.

BONUS: Thoughtful surprises from thoughtful friends in the mail.

What are YOUR kicks this week?

16 comments to “7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #383: Featuring David Soman”

  1. That picture of the three bears with the blue seashell and their mama gets me.
    Jules, what a week you had. Love the reading aloud with your girls.
    My kicks:
    1. Saw Charlotte’s Web on stage w/ grandgirl last night. One of her friends had a small part.
    2. Alternating pages of reading w/ grandgirl. We were reading Bunnicula.
    3. Family Library Night.
    4. Books from the public library.
    5. Proposed changes in my job, more technology. I like new challenges.
    6. Poems.
    7. Walking.
    Have a great week.

  2. While waiting to use the scanner at the public library this week, I had an opportunity to read this book, Jules. It’s pure joy.
    I really like the picture of you and Zach. It’s one of the best “selfie” shots I’ve seen. I think it’s great you and your girls read the novels aloud together. I recently finished Half A Chance by Cynthia Lord. It’s so lovely.

    My kicks:
    1. Red tulips the deer decided not to eat.
    2. Robin’s eggs in my ivy planter by the door hatched. Little beaks eagerly await Mom and Dad bringing worms.
    3. Sunshine
    4. Blue Sky
    5. Temperatures so warm you don’t have to wear a coat
    6. Planting flowers and tomato plants
    7. Walking with Xena

  3. Jone, I like your attitude. I’d be scared about added technology if I had a library job, but I guess it would depend on what it’s for, too. … BUNNICULA!

    Hi, Margie! So good to see you here. I’m happy to hear you can finally go without a coat, too. Your kicks are so lovely. It’s almost like reading a poem.

    I’m not very good at selfies. It was Zach’s idea, but I’m glad he suggested it. I like the Nilson doll. Also, it was really enjoyable to chat with him, and I was thrilled to see everyone else too. Andrea and Brian gave us a nice blurb for our upcoming book, and it was good to have a chance to thank them in person. As Brian talked, too, I thought of how much he looks like his talented father.

  4. Good morning, Imps! That picture is going to make a lot of mama bears (and papa bears, and baby bears) give hugs today, I am sure. 🙂

    David: Thanks for sharing your seafaring bears! I love the picture of the three of them in the boat, with that confident, cross-armed bear, especially. I also like the picture of the variety of bears all clumped together – so cute.

    Jules: Glad that you had time to do all of the things and participate in all of the celebrations! While wearing out the CD, have you also been wearing the dress on the cover? That’s a futuristic ensemble. I hope your daughters have a wonderful wrap-up at the end of the school year. Enjoy the books.

    Jone: Good luck with the new tech and new challenges! Yay for those on stage and those in the audience. We need both. Enjoy the books, too.

    Margie: Ooh to the many colors in your kicks. Ooh.

    My kicks for the past week:
    1) Please send healing thoughts to someone I worked with and admire – someone strong who needs strength right now.
    2) Closing weekend, so bittersweet: so happy to have been a part of this show, so sad that we’ve wrapped
    3) Remembering
    4) Preparing for the next project
    5) Being picked
    6) Being seen
    7) Being heard

  5. Little Willow, closing weekends can be rough. Sending good thoughts your way — and to your friend and colleague.

  6. Margie, I have Half a Chance on my TBR.
    LW, good luck to closing weekend.

  7. Beautiful sweet artwork this week – that last one with the 3 bears, the shell and mama bear is so warm and full of love…

    Jules – what a wonderful full week you had! That selfie is awesome – you are very photogenic! Love that you read with your girls, here’s to a full summer of readin.

    Jone – poetry, walking, and alternating reading pages with the grandgirl sounds like a lovely week.

    Margie – your kicks are so full of spring. Hooray for walks with Xena.

    LW – sending good thoughts to your friend. Closing weekends are hard, but glad it was such a great experience to make the ending so bittersweet.

    I missed last week because I was traveling, so extra-full kicks this week for me:

    1) Getting to see my niece graduate from college. Very very proud of her.
    2) Getting to see one of my oldest friend’s daughter graduate from high school. Very very proud of her too.
    3) Great weather in New Orleans for my visit, and so wonderful to see family and friends.
    4)Po’boys, doberge cake, Oregon pinot noirs, oysters on the half shell, softshell crab, boiled crawfish, and all the other delicious food I ate while I was there.
    5) California Chrome won the Preakness, so I won a dinner, and am 1 step closer to winning my big bet on the Triple Crown.
    6) I am now addicted to The Americans tv series.
    7) Being home again in Portland, and happy reunions with those who missed me here.
    7.5) Softball practice for summer league – yay!

    Have a beautiful week everyone!

  8. Rachel, sounds like family filled kicks and welcome home.

  9. Rachel, so glad you had a good visit. The girls and I just finished a new children’s novel set in New Orleans,and it’s all about Hurricane Katrina. It’s no-holds-barred in its details:

    So glad you had a good week!

  10. Thanks Jone, its so nice to be back and working in my garden again.

    Jules- that looks great, I will have to check that book out and then share with friends back home.

  11. Rachel: It’s intense. It’s a very wet book, between all the flooding and all the tears.

  12. Late to the party as always these days but just wanted to pop in and say hi! I haven’t seen Three Bears in a Boat yet but I can’t wait to and how great does the Barnett/Klassen look- can’t wait!

  13. Hi Stacey! Have a good week.

  14. Always love to read this even though it is Tuesday rather than Sunday. Just reading those lists of kicks from all of you makes me happy! And if I were to do it – visit from younger son and his sweet wife made for seven kicks all in one (meals, movies, walks, laughs, garden work, garden visits and togetherness).
    I love the watercolors in Soman’s book, and can hardly wait for new Klassen illustrations.Thank you Julie for all these wonderful books.

  15. So glad you had a good visit, Katy. And, yes, those watercolors are just lovely.

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