A gentle story of learning to say goodbye to a loved one
One day, a child finds a polar bear in their garden. But this is no ordinary polar bear; it can fit in the palm of the child’s hand! As the days of the week go by from Monday to Sunday, the polar bear grows bigger and bigger. Soon, the child knows they must see the polar bear home safely. So off they sail, together, journeying across the sea in search of the polar bear’s home. And just as the bear outgrows the boat—land ho!
With exquisite skill and compassion, Richard Jones has crafted a profoundly moving story with tender illustrations and themes that will resonate with anyone who has loved and had to let go.
“Joyous art, celebrating freedom and the beauty of the sea, matches the text in tone and quality. Be ready for children to scour their own gardens in the hopes of finding a tiny bear of their very own. As satisfying as a warm blanket or a cup of cocoa.”—Kirkus Reviews
“This gentle separation story subtly weaves in concepts of size comparison and days of the week and should resonate even with young toddlers, who likely will not want to say goodbye to this cuddly-looking bear, either.”—The Horn Book
BISAC 1: JUV039030 Juvenile Fiction – Social Themes – Death, Grief, Bereavement
BISAC 2: JUV051000 Juvenile Fiction – Imagination & Play
BISAC 3: JUV009070 Juvenile Fiction – Concepts – Date & Time