Cover image for The world is your oyster / by Tamara James ; illustrated by Emma SanCartier.
The world is your oyster / by Tamara James ; illustrated by Emma SanCartier.
Special edition.
Publication Information:
Vancouver, British Columbia : Simply Read Books, 2018.

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 31 cm
"Graduation: this picture books offers clever animal-themed idioms as inspirational phrases for a happy graduation."-- Provided by publisher.
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What do you do when your world is raining cats and dogs, you're up to your neck in alligators, and all you want to do is bury your head in the sand? Read this uplifting book of animal idioms illustrated in gorgeous, vibrant watercolors.

The World Is Your Oyster --the perfect gift for graduation and inspiration--is now available in this new special edition, reminding us that you need to grab the tiger by the tail, take the bull by the horns... and that's straight from the horses mouth.

Author Notes

Tamara James believes the world is her oyster because she has had the opportunity to travel and see it for herself. She lives in Calgary, AB.

Emma SanCartier is an artist who lives in Seattle, WA.

Reviews 1

Publisher's Weekly Review

Newcomer James strings together animal metaphors, one per page, while SanCartier supplies cheery watercolors. "Some days your world is raining cats and dogs," opens the book as readers get a worm's-eye-view shot of a boy holding an orange umbrella under a torrent of falling animals. The glum situations keep on coming: "You feel like you're up to your neck in alligators, and you're moving at a snail's pace." It sounds a little like the text of a greeting card, and ends with a suitably upbeat punchline: "If you grin and bear it... and reach for the stars, the world is your oyster!" Small children will have heard some of these expressions; others ("throw yourself to the lions"; "a little bird once told me") may puzzle them. And while the images themselves are lovely, SanCartier's watery paintings, which depict the expressions literally (a little boy picks up a bull by the horns) rather than elucidating their figurative meanings, won't provide much help. Less a children's story and more the sort of light entertainment that accompanies a dozen roses. Ages 4-8. (Mar.) Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.