One spring evening an old bear finds a young bird, still learning to fly, has fallen to the ground. When the bear lifts the bird to safety, a friendship begins. Bear and Bird soon become constant companions, spending their days together, searching out berries and watching out for one another. They are only separated during the winter months when Bear hibernates and Bird flies south. As the years pass, their friendship grows stronger. Then one spring day, when Bird returns from his winter trip, Bear is not there to greet him. Days and then weeks pass and still no Bear. When Bird finally learns why his dear friend is absent, memories of their time together bring comfort and acceptance. In this tale of an unlikely but loving friendship, the cycle of life, including its joys and its sorrows, is gently explored.
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James Skofield's and Jennifer Thermes' “Bear and Bird” is a (very nicely) illustrated children's book, describing – as one might easily infer – the friendship between a wild bear and a bird (while not identified as such in the text, the illustrations clearly portray a robin). The book describes the mutual aid that each animal provided the other to begin and build the friendship, and how that companionship grew despite nature's conflicting methods of dealing with winter – migration and hibernation. It also shows how nature has its own agenda, and as such could help younger readers deal with loss. Trying to put my “inner child” hat on, I believe this story does work at that level, and will appeal to early primary grade readers. (As usual, I will pass this along to my grandchildren; if they provide any additional feedback whether supporting or contradictory, I will update this text accordingly.) RATING: After some internal debate – 4 1/2 stars, rounded up to 5 stars. This book does what it set out to do quite nicely and it stayed with me after I'd finished it – in a nutshell, my criteria for 5-stardom. DISCLOSURE: I won this book in an online contest. An honest review was requested but was not made a condition of acceptance.
A butterfly fluttered above the flowers in the meadow, but there was something else in the grass. “Help, help!” Bear looked down and saw a tiny bird nestled in the grass. It had taken a tumble from its nest in a nearby tree. “I am learning to fly,” Bird explained to Bear, “but I became dizzy and fell.” That would never do so Bird somehow managed to hop, hop, hop up Bear’s body and on to her shoulder. Bear got bird back into the tree and began to meander across the field and into the woods. No, that would not be the end of that because they soon became fast friends. Every day they met in the meadow and foraged for berries. Bird sat on Bear’s shoulders and together they had a feast at the blueberry bush. Nom, nom, nom! The berries were plentiful and the days were long. At night “Bird flew into the trees to sleep” and "Bear walked back into the woods." The summer days soon began to fade and turn into fall. Bird kept watch for the hunters and warned bear. Every year things began to repeat themselves. In the fall Bird flew south and “Bear felt lonely without Bird.” One year when Bird returned, Bear was nowhere to be found. Where had she disappeared to? This is a beautifully heartwarming tale of friendship and loss. Bear and Bird have a marvelous friendship as they explore the meadows and woods together each summer. They miss each other when it’s time for Bird to leave and when Bird returns it’s a joyous time. The loss is when Bird comes back and Bear is nowhere to be found. There is a nice twist at the end that helps ease Bird’s loneliness. The artwork fills the pages with delightfully whimsical snapshots of a beautiful friendship as the two friends enjoy their lives together. This tale about the cycle of life and death is one that can be used as a comforting read and discuss book if needed. A beautiful tale that young and old alike will enjoy. Quill says: This is a tale that gently illustrate the joys and heartbreak of the cycle of life that young children can learn from.