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Just Bea

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Kari-Lynn Winters. (2022). Illustrated by Nahid Kazemi Collins. Just Bea. Vancouver: Tradewind Books. 32p. ISBN 978-1926890326.

Bea’s big sister is so annoyed with her mischievous behaviour that she wants Bea gone. But when she cannot find Bea anywhere, she grows to regret her wish.

Noisy, disruptive, and unruly―younger sisters can be more than annoying at times. When you’re in a hurry, they can be as slow as sloths. And when you build an extra tall tower of blocks, they knock it down, mischievous as mice.

In this playful picture book, the narrator, who is both practical and reserved, struggles with the rowdy antics of her younger sister. Beatrice never, ever, ever listens and marches to the beat of her own drum. It isn’t until the big sister wishes Bea away that she realizes life just isn’t the same without her.

About the author:

Kari-Lynn Winters is a picture book author, poet and performer. She enjoys being in the classroom in any capacity—as a presenter, a teacher or as a student. She works at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario, where she teaches drama-in-education.

About the illustrator:

Nahid Kazemi is an artist, illustrator and graphic designer. She has published many award-winning children’s books, and was nominated for a Governor General’s Literary Award and the 2020 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award. Her recent publications include Over the Rooftops, Under the Moon and The Old Woman. She has exhibited her work around the world. Nahid lives in Montreal.


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Honest emotions are captured in the poetic and playful text . . .(and) emotionally resonant charcoal illustrations. . . . The ups and downs of sibling relationships explored in Just Bea will strike a familiar tone with readers.”
—Canadian Children’s Book News

Just Bea would make for a lively read-aloud and may also lead to thoughtful discussions on how to deal with sibling discord . . . Just Bea makes a welcome addition to the library or household shelf.”
—Recommended


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