Five Bears: A Tale of Friendship (Hardback)
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Five Bears: A Tale of Friendship (Hardback)

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Hardback 32 Pages
Published: 23/06/2022
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Waterstones Says

The award-winning author and illustrator delivers an uplifting, truly heartwarming tale celebrating diversity and friendship, as five very different bears unite on an adventure through the woods.

A gorgeously illustrated book about friendship and looking past differences from the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal winner Catherine Rayner.

Bear is walking through the forest, minding his own business when he comes across another bear. The Other bear is different. The two bears wander along, thinking different thoughts, and looking in different directions. Soon the two bears come across another bear and then another bear and eventually find a bear stuck in a tree. The bears realise that perhaps they aren't that different after all and perhaps they could be friends?

Publisher: Pan Macmillan
ISBN: 9781529051278
Number of pages: 32
Weight: 446 g
Dimensions: 287 x 257 x 10 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

Friendship is at the heart of many picture books for small children. They tend to be more interesting when there is some conflict or difference to overcome — as found with Pooh and pals in the Hundred Acre Wood. The Kate Greenaway Medal-winning author Catherine Rayner (Augustus and His Smile, Solomon Crocodile) has created a beautifully spare new story to slip into that canon, with breathtaking illustrations, also hers.A gentle, on-trend book — no sensitivity readers needed here — which should appeal to children and parents nervous of social situations. - Alex O'Connell, The Times

A new book from Greenaway winner Catherine Rayner is always going to be a visual treat and the luminous watercolour and inked images are a delight. As one bear meets another the initial reaction is defensive and even hostile, but Other Bear defuses the situation with calm friendliness and they go on together; each thinking their own thoughts but now moving in the same direction … in a gentle and non-dogmatic fashion, important points are made. There can be a tendency in humans to be wary of difference, but this is a lovely way to demonstrate empathy and will generate lots of discussion and could perhaps help to make a difference to our future generations' attitude toward helping 'stuck bears' all over the world. - Joy Court, Love Reading

When Bear notices another bear while walking, the two bears bond and focus on what each of them has in common. By the end of the story, there are five bears, each unique, and celebrated for their inclusivity and warm-hearted togetherness. Cleverly written to be positive and gender-neutral, this will be a useful text to explore in circle time and PSHE when discussing friendships and how to relate to people who are not the same as us. The artwork is exquisite and we particularly liked ‘Other Bear’ with wild hair, and the recurring and vibrant watercolour collaged leaves. - School Reading List

It is, as it says on the front cover, a book about friendship. It’s also about diversity … It allows the reader to explore the nuances of initial meetings and the fact that outward appearances and rudeness may well mask internal torment. It demonstrates that sometimes the best way to encourage shyness is to simply be pleasant, walk on and give space to catch up when they feel brave enough … Catherine Rayner’s illustrations convey the slow, deliberate movement of bears and a range of expressions across each double page spread. Definitely worthy of a place in Early Years and KS1 classrooms. - Just Imagine

A beautiful book … Simply told with small amounts of text, this is a story that will engage young children and even some older ones! The first thing you notice is the cover, with its gorgeous illustrations of friendly looking bears of all sorts, including a polar bear and a panda. They are so adorable and so beautifully drawn; you just want to pick the book up and look at them. The drawings are so full of character and expression that they tell the story on their own. This is a gentle, non-threatening story about differences and finding friendship. It also looks at loneliness and how you might not even realise you are lonely until you find that friendship and discover what you have been missing. - ReadingZone

Another characteristically charming animal tale that contains a thoughtful and reassuring message for young children … This is a gentle tale with a comforting message that friendship often grows without us even knowing it. Five Bears is a super book to gift to any child and would be the perfect thing to read in preparation for starting school. - Gazette & Herald

The magic of Rayner’s fresh, richly expressive and painterly illustrations, and the poignancy of the growing mutual understanding and empathy of the five bears, springs to glorious life in her talented hands, making this a gift book that all the family can share and treasure. - Lancashire Evening Post

Stunning, detailed, full of colour and texture - The Book Deli (Instagram)

I’ve fallen hopelessly in love with this book & so have my boys. It’s a real true talent to put so much meaning into such a beautifully simplistic text (those who write for children will know exactly what I mean and how much work will have gone into this!) … It’s about making friends, being kind and so much more! Illustrations, message, text…just beautiful! - Kids Story World (Instagram)

A beautiful tale about friendship … Catherine Rayner’s artwork is so distinctive, nobody portrays animals the way she does. There are stunning spreads in this book. - The Kids Bookstagrammer

How Catherine Rayner puts colour on paper is a thing of beauty and her characterisation is second to none! - Books & Gift Blogger (instagram)

A heartwarming tale about accepting differences, developing unexpected friendships, and working together to help others. - Little Library Owl (Instagram)

This book is a celebration of friendship - the happiness and contentment it brings, and that we al need help from a friend sometimes when we get stuck … Catherine Rayner’s illustrations are luminous, as ever. - Milo and Gigi's Bookshelf (Instagram)

The illustrations are absolutely beautiful! Catherine’s style is unique, creative and original! The soft tones and detailed lines make this a pleasure to look at! We throughly enjoyed the art work, spending a lot of time talking about all the wiggly lines! The message behind this book is very powerful, touching and important! It broached the topic of inclusivity in a accessible and sensitive way! Everyone does need a little help sometimes and this book shows how joyous coming together is! - Inclusive Children's Books (instagram)

Heartfelt, warm & touching - This Mummy's Style (instagram)

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