The Bear and the Wildcat (inbunden)
Inbunden (Hardback)
6-9 år
Antal sidor
Gecko Press
Sakai, Komako (ill.)
Komako Sakai
colour illustrations
187 x 243 x 13 mm
354 g
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The Bear and the Wildcat

Inbunden,  Japanska, 2011-06-01
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An almost single-color picture book tracks the path of grief, ending with the uplifting new beginning of a budding friendship based on understanding. When the little bird dies, his friend the bear is inconsolable. Full of grief, he locks himself in his house and ventures out again only when the smell of young spring grass blows through his window. He always carries a small box, which he opens for no one. He meets a wildcat who understands his need to carry the box. As the cat plays on her violin, the bear remembers all the beauty he experienced with the little bird. Now he can bury his friend, keeping him alive in his memories and feelings. The Bear and the Wildcat shows a way through paralyzing grief and simultaneously tells the story of a hopeful new friendship.
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Kazumi Yumoto was born in Tokyo, Japan in 1959. She studied music composition at Tokyo College and during this time wrote opera libretti and plays for radio and television. Her books, mostly novels for older children, have won numerous international awards. After graduating from Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, Komako Sakai worked at a kimono textile design company. She is currently one of the most popular children's author/illustrators in Japan, and has been successfully published in the US by Chronicle Books and Arthur A. Levine books.