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The Boy and the Bear

Written by Tracey Corderoy & illustrated by Sarah Massini
Published by Nosy Crow
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Goodreads Rating - 3.8 / 5.0
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Nov 5, 2019
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When a lonely little boy receives an invitation to play written on a paper boat, it seems that he has finally found the best friend he’s been longing for. But Bear isn’t quite the playmate the boy had imagined. Bear may not know how to play games, but when he starts to build a tree house, the boy is intrigued and a magical summer begins. As autumn passes and the first winter snowflakes start to fall, the boy is left alone. Only then does he truly realize how much he misses Bear. It’s a happy reunion when Bear finally returns in the spring.

What Kind of Book is The Boy and the Bear

What Questions Should I Ask My Child

  • In the middle of the story, the bear hibernates. Can you think of any other animals that hibernate?

  • Friendship can be tough. Is the boy always nice to the bear? What do they decide to do when Bear can’t play any of the boy’s games well? Is your child experiencing any tricky friend situations right now?

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Who Wrote The Boy and the Bear

Tracey Corderoy

Tracey is originally from South Wales. She worked as a teacher until her first daughter was born, when she left teaching to spend time being a “mum.” She later returned to working at a school, where she delivered a specialist literacy program and helped students who had been out of school long-term with illness reintegrate into the school system. This experience sparked her own interest in writing. Today, she lives in what she calls an ancient cottage in a “hidden valley surrounded by sheep, wild deer and cows with big fluffy ears!”

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Who Illustrated The Boy and the Bear

Sarah Massini

Sarah Massini is the illustrator of more than a dozen children’s books, including <i>Tulip Loves Rex</i>, <i>Books Always Everywhere</i>, <i>Love Always Everywhere</i>, and <i>Trixie Ten</i>. She lives in the United Kingdom.

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Sarah Massini's Book Dedication

For Lorenzo.

Tracey Corderoy's Book Dedication

For Peter and Sally, with love.

What Do Critics Say About This Book

  • Massini’s charmingly textured and colorful illustrations have a pleasing sense of spaciousness but don’t rescue this title from banality and tedium . . . Boy and bear will have to work a bit harder to compete.

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Book Details

Publication Date:
November 5, 2019
Text Details:
This book was typeset in Filosofia.
Illustration Details:
The illustrations were done in mixed media.

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