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River, the Black Dog
: (Russian) Речка

Author

Suzy Lee

Suzy Lee

Publisher

BIR Publishing Co., Ltd.

Categories

Picture Books

Audience

3~5 years old
6~8 years old
9~12 years old
Youth
Young Adult
Adult

Overseas Licensing

Italian

Keywords

  • #pet dogs
  • #abandoned dogs
  • #love
  • #family
  • #responsibility
  • #animals
  • #death
  • #life
  • #2019 Gothenburg Book Fair
  • #2020 Moscow International Book Fair

Copyright Contact

YANG Claire

claire@bir.co.kr

  • Publication Date

    2018-12-28
  • No. of pages

    80
  • ISBN

    9788949113746
  • Dimensions

    154 * 215
Overview

The beautiful picture book features the daily lives of a family who welcomes in an abandoned dog.

Book Intro

(Russian) Речка

Дети находят на улице брошенную чёрную собаку и берут её в семью, назвав Речкой. Рисунки, изображающие воспоминания Речки и детей, выполнены чёрной масляной пастелью, которая придаёт им атмосферу спокойствия. Яркий контраст между белым фоном и чёрной пастелью подчёркивает эмоциональное богатство изображённых сцен.

 

(English) RIVER, the Black Dog

The story of Lee Suzy's pet dog, "Gang."

 This picture book is a collection of drawings by Lee Suzy that she drew them in memory of her dog, "Gang." In order to record the dog's daily life, some of the drawings were removed, some added to and some used to build an outline. The book is like an album that fits into one' palm so that readers are easily mesmerized by the book.


■ From "becoming a pet after being abandoned dog" to "becoming part of the family"

 The dog "Gang," has continuously popped up in cameo roles in Lee Suzy's works.
 In Line, the dog happily played with children on skates on a frozen pond, and in Such a Great Day joyfully danced in a puddle of water on a rainy day.
 Gang was always there with children during their moments of joy.
 This book features a story belonging only to Gang, who has decorated moments of joy in other picture books.
 
River, the Black Dog is the story of the author, Lee Suzy, and it depicts her first meeting the dog and the fond memories she had until the moment Gang left this world and entered heaven.

 Within the book are quotes from Lee Suzy's son, San, and her daughter, Bada, made on the day they met the black dog.

“I am San (mountain in Korean)."
 "I am Bada (sea)."
“So you should be Gang (river)."

 Even from their first meeting, the children welcomed the abandoned dog with warm hearts.
 The dog was given the name of Gang and became part of the family.
 Gang, who lived with hunger and thirsty as an abandoned dog, is no longer is hungry or thirsty.

 Gang also feels happiness within the boundaries of a family.
 The four seasons spent with Gang - playing with a ball, rolling around with the hat featured in Such A Great Day, running through an open field, and riding on a snow sled.

 Days without boredom and loneliness.
 But the family of San and Bada goes on a long journey, leaving behind only one word, "soon."

 While Gang was not hungry or thirsty, he wanted to see his family.
 Gang, feeling sick, waits and waits for his family with heartache.
 As the waiting continues, snow, which Gang always enjoyed with the children, starts to fall.

 Gang begins to run through the snow as if the children had returned.
 Then an dreamlike image is created as if Gang hugs San and Bada covered in the snow.
 This is where the emotions of Gang are depicted the best.
 Snow and children, and Gang, and white paper and black Korean ink are all blended, creating a touching scene at the end of the book.

About the Author

Suzy Lee



Suzy Lee studied painting and book art in Korea and Britain. She graduated with a BFA in Painting from Seoul National University and earned an MA in Book Arts in 2001 from Camberwell College of Arts in London. 

Her picture books have been published in many countries and are highly acclaimed by critics and loved by readers. She has won Korean Publishing Culture Awards, The New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Books Award, and the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award (Honor). The books she has written and illustrated include Shim Chung; River; Lines; Mirror; Wave; Shadow; and The Zoo. Lee has also illustrated for books, including Dream of Becoming Water; This Beautiful Day; and Open This Little Book. Currently, she is participating in the Vacance Project and running Hintoki Press. 

* Learn more about her at www.suzyleebooks.com

 

(French) Elle est née à Séoul en 1974. Elle a étudié la peinture et l'art du livre en Corée et en Angleterre. Elle a remporté le prix du plus beau livre de Suisse pour "La nuit du lapin" et a été nommée illustratrice de l'année à la Foire internationale du livre pour enfants de Bologne. "Let's Play Fado" a été sélectionné comme meilleur livre d'images du New York Times en 2008. Elle a remporté le Boston Globe Hon Book Honor Award pour "Ouvrez ce petit livre '' et a été la première Coréenne à être nommée pour le prix Hans Christian Andersen 2016. Ses œuvres comprennent "ZOO", "My Myongwon Painter" et "Open, door !". Il y a des portes, des oiseaux noirs, et "Into the Mirror".

 

(French) Elle a étudié la peinture et l'art du livre en Corée et en Angleterre et a publié des livres d'images dans de nombreux pays du monde. Les livres écrits et dessinés comprennent "Le célibataire qui a acheté de l'ombre", "Rivière", "Soleil", "Dans le miroir", "Jouons avec les vagues", "Jeu d'ombre", "Zoos", et "Rêve de devenir de l'eau", "Uroma", et "Une journée si merveilleuse".jouons avec les vagues", "Jeu d'ombres", "Zoos", et "Rêve de devenir de l'eau", "Uroma", et "Une si belle journée".

Suzy Lee



Suzy Lee studied painting and book art in Korea and Britain. She graduated with a BFA in Painting from Seoul National University and earned an MA in Book Arts in 2001 from Camberwell College of Arts in London. 

Her picture books have been published in many countries and are highly acclaimed by critics and loved by readers. She has won Korean Publishing Culture Awards, The New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Books Award, and the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award (Honor). The books she has written and illustrated include Shim Chung; River; Lines; Mirror; Wave; Shadow; and The Zoo. Lee has also illustrated for books, including Dream of Becoming Water; This Beautiful Day; and Open This Little Book. Currently, she is participating in the Vacance Project and running Hintoki Press. 

* Learn more about her at www.suzyleebooks.com

 

(French) Elle est née à Séoul en 1974. Elle a étudié la peinture et l'art du livre en Corée et en Angleterre. Elle a remporté le prix du plus beau livre de Suisse pour "La nuit du lapin" et a été nommée illustratrice de l'année à la Foire internationale du livre pour enfants de Bologne. "Let's Play Fado" a été sélectionné comme meilleur livre d'images du New York Times en 2008. Elle a remporté le Boston Globe Hon Book Honor Award pour "Ouvrez ce petit livre '' et a été la première Coréenne à être nommée pour le prix Hans Christian Andersen 2016. Ses œuvres comprennent "ZOO", "My Myongwon Painter" et "Open, door !". Il y a des portes, des oiseaux noirs, et "Into the Mirror".

 

(French) Elle a étudié la peinture et l'art du livre en Corée et en Angleterre et a publié des livres d'images dans de nombreux pays du monde. Les livres écrits et dessinés comprennent "Le célibataire qui a acheté de l'ombre", "Rivière", "Soleil", "Dans le miroir", "Jouons avec les vagues", "Jeu d'ombre", "Zoos", et "Rêve de devenir de l'eau", "Uroma", et "Une journée si merveilleuse".jouons avec les vagues", "Jeu d'ombres", "Zoos", et "Rêve de devenir de l'eau", "Uroma", et "Une si belle journée".

Award

The 60th Korean Publishing Culture Award

Recommendation

Recommended by Bookstart
Recommended by Morning Reading

Recommendation

Selected by Sejong Literature Sharing

Recommendation

#1 Bestseller of Aladin and Yes 24 Children's Book Section in Jan. 2019.

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