THE BOY AND THE BEAR
Illustrated by: Sarah Massini
Published by: 2017 Nosey Crow Ltd UK
Ages: 2 – 5 years
Theme: Unlikely friendship, Loneliness, Loyalty
Opening Lines: Once upon a time, there lived a boy who wanted to play.
Synopsis: (on the back of the book) One small boy wishes he had a Best Friend… And when he discovers a message written on a little paper boat, he finds that the perfect friend is sometimes the unlikeliest of all.
Why I like this: This delightful whimsical story is sweet and simple showing that things don’t always work out the way we expect, and special friends are those that are loyal and faithful, and leave lasting impressions. And it’s true – absence does make the heart grow fonder.
Whimsical illustrations of mixed-media format in water-colour blues and greens of pond life really capture the mood of the writing. The origami plane at the beginning and the boats that float with messages are a nice touch. Sparse text carries us through the seasons bringing us to an aww moment. This would also make a great mentor text – a story with heart, lyrical text with the rule of threes, page turns, a main character with a problem, and finishing in a satisfactory near circular resolution
Resources/Findings: You can have a peek at The Boy and the Bear and also reviews from the critics here… https://nosycrow.com/product/the-boy-and-the-bear/
Author’s website… http://www.traceycorderoy.com/the-boy-and-the-bear
Also the author of “Just Right for Two”… https://thepatientdreamer.com/2014/11/29/perfect-picture-book-friday-88/
“Monty and Millie”… https://thepatientdreamer.com/2012/12/02/perfect-picture-book-friday-33/
And – “Little Penquin Lost” … https://thepatientdreamer.com/2015/02/14/perfect-picture-book-friday-93/
Among many others.
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