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New Picture Book! Bird and Bear by Ann James

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Illustrations don’t get more adorable than this.  Bird and Bear is a sweet, cheerful story about a pair of friends spending the day together and discovering what true friendship is.

It’s Bear’s birthday, so he and Bird go on a picnic to celebrate.  Along the way, another bear and another bird show up, but it isn’t until they try to give some of their picnic to the visitors that they realize it’s only their reflections. While they are sad that their visitors weren’t real, they decide that the best friends are the ones you can see and talk to all the time.

With light humor and sketchy illustrations, Ann James gives children a charming, warm story that they will love reading again and again.

Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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About the Book:

In this beautiful picture book about friendship from Ann James, Bird and Bear go on an adventure and discover something surprising . . . .

Bird and Bear are two friends who love discovering the world around them. In this adventure, they go on a picnic to celebrate Bear’s birthday. While at the pier, they look into the water and see another bear and another bird. Have they found two new friends? Bird and Bear are so excited . . . until they understand that they were just their reflections. They are sad to have “lost” their new friends, but they both realize that they love having each other as friends. This is a delightful early-learning story with the gentle humor and evocative artwork of Ann James.

About the Author/Illustrator:

Ann James is one of Australia’s best-known illustrators. She illustrated Midnight Babies by Margaret Wild and the Penny Pollard series by Robin Klein. Her honors include the Pixie O’Harris Award for Distinguished Service to Australian Children’s Literature and the Dromkeen Medal. She lives in Melbourne, Australia, with her kelpie, Kip, who was the model for the dog in this book.

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    Claudine G.
    April 17, 2015 at 4:01 am

    The illustrations are very sweet. Kind of remind me of Sunday mornings in my childhood, waking up on my own while my sisters are still asleep and wondering what happy adventures we'd have that day.

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    Laura Thomas
    April 18, 2015 at 8:40 pm

    I love the illustrations. So much to see if you keep looking. And such a delightful story. Thanks for sharing.

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