A gorgeous, classic gift book about the enduring love between a little girl and her childhood friend, Bear, from popular author Jonathan Stutzman and Caldecott Medal-winning and #1 New York Times bestselling illustrator Dan Santat.
Bear is . . . a new friend, a fellow mischief-maker, a protector, and a dreamer.
Through all the many ups and downs of a little girl's childhood, Bear is there to provide love and support. Until it is time to say goodbye . . . and hello again.
Bear Is a Bear is a tender and surprising tribute to the beloved companions of our childhoods.
Will have adults and young readers alike reflecting on the indispensable natures of their own favorite stuffies.
When a parent introduces her infant child to a gigantic brown bear, it seems like misguided parenting, but after the kid slobbers and blows their nose on Bear, the two become inseparable. Santat’s digitized watercolor and pencil illustrations draw a striking, sweet-humored contrast between the scale of the ultra-plushy Bear and its sculpturally rendered, always growing human consort. “Bear is a soft, warm pillow,” Stutzman writes, as the tiny child blissfully snoozes in Bear’s huge embrace; Bear is game for both dress-up and ill-advised digging in the garden; when a lightning storm casts shadows in the child’s bedroom, “Bear is a great protector.” The child’s life predictably moves on without Bear, but one day, “Bear is remembered” and presented to the next generation as its true form is revealed. While the story line feels familiar, there’s real poetry in the declamatory, rhythmic text and a lovely, everyday magic in Bear and the child’s easygoing, unconditional connection. Ages 4–8. (Sept.)
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