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"The Little Brown Bear" alive and kicking at Dibuka

Thirty-six years later, the Little Brown Bear (Petit Ours Brun) is still three year old and has become a real classic in libraries and bookshops. The bear was created in 1975 by Claude Lebrun together with the editorial team of Pomme d’Api, and is illustrated by Danièle Bour. Bayard Presse explained that “the Little Brown Bear [was] the hero of first times...” Children of 2 to 3 year old identify very easily with the feelings of the Little Brown Bear who lives short, simple and universal adventures. Through these, children can read about the whole register of everyday life, reinforced by straight-forward and colourful graphics: school, fear, parents’ love, the potty and, more generally, discovering and relating to the world.

In many ways, the Little Brown Bear displays a world which is rather too perfect. The family set up, for example, is very typical in that the mother wears a dress, cooks and gives hugs while the father is the one who scolds when the Little Brown Bear does something he shouldn’t. Yet, this extremely simplified universe enables young readers to focus on main children’s issues and affects them positively.

The Little Brown Bear has his own Website where registered children can undertake various fun activities like colouring, read all sorts of information as well as learn the lyrics of the bear’s song. Finally, the Little Brown Bear has been adapted for television and is also available on DVD.

Website: http://www.petitoursbrun.com/

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Books - Dibuka

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    Programme DibuKlub and DibuKids - February to June

    February - June 2019 Dibuka Francophone Multimedia Library at the Alliance Française of Johannesburg This year will be full of exciting events and activities at Dibuka. With movies twice a month on Wednesdays for adults; and storytime, films or activities twice a month on Saturdays for kids, there… Read more
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    Dibuka Library Festival

    Not your ordinary book festival! 1 – 29 September 2018 Spring is coming! And with it, the Dibuka Library Festival, a new kind of book festival to celebrate Dibuka's new revamping and its 15th birthday. Dibuka Library Festival will run from the 1st to the 29th of September at the newly revamped… Read more
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    Discover the new Dibuka

    The Embassy of France in South Africa, the French Institute of South Africa (IFAS) and the Alliance Française of Johannesburg are proud to present the newly revamped francophone multimedia library, named after the Setswana word for "books": dibuka. Dibuka is today the biggest francophone multimedia… Read more

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