The Polar Bear in the Garden

by Richard Jones
Illustrated by Richard Jones
A gentle story of learning to say goodbye to a loved one
Price: $17.99
  • ISBN: 9781682634332
  • Publication date: 10/04/2022
  • Page Count: 32
  • Size: 11" x 9-5/8"
  • Age Range: 4-8


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.


Richard Jones

Author and Illustrator

Richard Jones grew up in Leamington Spa before moving down to Devon to study illustration at the University of Plymouth in Exeter and never went home again! After finishing his degree he stayed on to complete a PhD. While working on his thesis he got a “temporary job” in Exeter’s Central Library and somehow found himself working there for more than ten years. When not at his desk he enjoys bobbing about in the sea, swimming in rivers, walking in woods, listening to audiobooks on the bus, and stroking the cat. He now works full time as an author and illustrator.


“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

More Details

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

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