The Island by Marije Tolman

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Marije and Ronald Tolman conquered the world with their fairy-tale like pictures of The Tree House. The golden father-daughter team that won important awards for The Tree House again create a world without words of its own, with a polar bear’s dreamy road trip along awe-inspiring islands and colorful animal friends.


About Marije Tolman

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MARIJE TOLMAN (1976) graduated in Graphic and Typographic Design at the Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague. She studied Illustration and design at the Edinburgh College of Art in Scotland. Now she lives and works in The Hague as a fulltime children's book illustrator. The daughter of an artist, Marije has an inbred eye for color, beauty, and subtlety. She knows how to paint the delicate detail without losing the overall perspective. RONALD TOLMAN (1948) is a sculptor, painter and graphic artist. Ronald Tolman plays with ancient topics and current developments.His sculptures and the visualizations in his paintings, etchings, drawings and ceramics move between wistful perceptions and sparkling impulsiveness.
Published September 1, 2012 by Lemniscaat USA. 32 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books.

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But readers will be left with a feeling of dreamy serenity, as the bear and his newfound soul mate gaze into an infinite starry sky, their island aglow in a sea of darkness.

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This ethereal sequel to the Tolmans’ remarkable debut, The Tree House (2010), stars the same genial polar bear in a similar series of wordless spreads.

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