友誼像素描一般開始蔓延Lenny & Lucy

撰文:YJ

收到這本書的時候…鉛筆素描!!  上個月才剛看一本剛獲得紐約時報推薦的年度繪本The Only Child。怎麼樣?要觸動人心都流行用極簡的素描嗎?

這本書描述青少年對於搬到新環境感到不安,就像所有的情感交結最後的歸屬一般:時間是最好的解藥。變遷是人生中必經的一部分,開心面對是延續人生下一個章節最好的方式。

這讓我想到童年裡面,因為住家附近有2所知名研究型大學,常常在新學期開始,都會有隨父母親因工作關係搬過來的新同學加入。我已經習慣有新同學加入,但是壓根也沒想過他們其實正面臨著新的環境,或許感到緊張。直到我因為上大學必須搬離麻州到別州念書那一年…

This book is not about lost in the woods story.  It is out from the woods feeling from young adults who move to a new neighborhood.  I grew up in the neighborhood nearby two world famous research universities.  As a young kid, I remember, every start of school year, my teacher will introduce us a few new comers who were going to join our class.  But I never personally experience being a new kid in town until I had to move out of state for my undergrad.

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父母親載著我開了大概5小時的車程,到了這個我們一年偶而會來的大都市。但是這次感覺很不一樣。我可以想像我當時的心情就像書裡面畫著小男孩踏出車門那樣。心中奈喊”This house is not as good as our old house. I want to go back” 當然我心中想到也是回到我原本的”城市”。

After hours ride to the campus, I remember it might be just exact the same feeling as what this illustration was shown below when I step out the car. “This place is not as good as our old place. I want to go back”

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在學期初的幾個星期,我除了課堂幾乎沒有去任何地方。更不用說和任何人連上超過10分鐘的對話。就如同書裡面的小男孩一般。

First few weeks, I was super homesick and not really wanted to attend social gatherings but only classes.

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小男孩在書的最後終於敞開心扉,開始結交朋友認識新環境。

人生沒有永遠的。保持樂觀的心情面對新環境,交新的朋友並不代表你對既有的老朋友友誼不在。朋友圈的大小是自己畫出來的。

A few weeks later, like this book ending,  I realize somehow in our life time, we are always moving around and will need to establish new friendship with new people.  Old pals are good but adding a few more new pals won’t hurt our existing friendship. Life is always expanding.9781596439320 insidep8

Be open minded when our new life chapter starts……..

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All the pictures here were taken from “Lenny & Lucy” by Pillip C. Stead (Author) and Erin E. Stead (Illustrator).

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謝謝Green Tots Club英文繪本館贈書

若你支持獨立書店的話,可以請與他們購書 info@greentotslcub.com

I received this beautiful picture book from the owner of Green Tots, who is dedicated part of her time servicing picture books to children in her hometown, Taiwan.  If you support indie, please reach them for book purchase.  e-mail: info@greentotsclub.com

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