Thursday, January 24, 2013

A bear and a tree by Stephen Michael King

"Bear had a gift for making everything better."

A bear and a tree is an absolutely perfect picture book.  I do hope it is short listed for the CBCA awards for 2013.

The tree has lost its leaves because it is winter and Ren is sad.  Bear postpones his hibernation and the two friends enjoy a joyous day of fun in the snow. That night they are joined by mouse who invites them to play a game of star catching.

Eventually bear must sleep but before he heads off into his cave he has a special idea which will transform the tree.

I will quote one more line from this exquisite and gentle book :

"Bear offered Ren his umbrella and they sat, as they often did, for as long as was needed"

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