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 Bear and Bird
 Author: Skofield, James

 Illustrator: Thermes, Jennifer

 Publisher:  Sleeping Bear Press
 Pub Year: 2014

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [34] p., col. ill., 28 cm.

 BTSB No: 823443 ISBN: 9781585368358
 Ages: 6-8 Grades: 1-3

 Subjects:
 Friendship -- Fiction
 Birds -- Fiction
 Bears -- Fiction
 Death -- Fiction

Price: $6.50

Summary:
An old bear and a young bird become friends and spend several years together until the bear's death. The young bird is comforted by memories of their time together.

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: LG
   Reading Level: 2.70
   Points: .5   Quiz: 165739

Reviews:
   School Library Journal (00/04/14)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 04/01/2014 K-Gr 3—An unlikely friendship develops between an older bear and a baby bird after one helps the other. Over the years, they spend time together sharing berries and keeping each other safe. Although they hate saying goodbye each autumn, they dream about their spring reunions. One year Bird cannot find Bear and learns about his friend's death from her grandson. "Bear went into her den last autumn for the winter sleep. But she did not come out this spring. She is gone." Bird is reminded that although death touches us all, it's okay to be sad and that instead of being alone with our memories, it's better to share them or, better yet, make more with a new friend. Younger children may find the text too wordy and drawn out, but Thermes's illustrations are bright and appealing. The animals express their sadness with their eyes and posture, but there are no tears, and the mood is sorrowful, not bleak and dreary.—Tanya Boudreau, Cold Lake Public Library, AB, Canada - Copyright 2014 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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