- Author/illustrator: Katharine McEwen
- Publisher: Candlewick Press/Templar Books Pub date: 2014
- Intended for: Ages 3 to 7
- Perfect for: Anyone who loves a beautiful picture book, collage artwork, and a sweet story.
The cover art made me pick this book up at the library. Smiling bears, unique artwork, and a great typeface make for a gorgeous cover, no?
Once you go inside the book, things get even better. The artist has created a gorgeous forest world through collage and the textures make you want to touch each page and completely draw you in.
The story follows a young bear as he searches for food before it’s time to hibernate. While he is successful in finding food, he also finds something else—a companion bear! They both hibernate, and once spring arrives, they emerge from their cave…but now with a cub in tow.
The story is informative, sweet, and told with a minimum number of words. But each word is just right and the book would serve well not only as a storytime book, but also as a bedtime story. It’s reassuring and adventurous at the same time. A sure hit for kids!
Another thing I love about the artwork is how the author/illustrator makes the changes in the seasons apparent by the colors on the page. While there is what I think of as a neutral, grainy tone to each page, each season is represented by the addition of vibrant colors. Winter has deep turquoise blues, spring has reds and yellows and greens, while fall brings more earthy brown tones. Oh, it’s just so pretty to look at! I hope you get a chance to see this beautiful book. It’s lovely from cover to cover.