Bird, Balloon, Bear by Il Sung Na

Hardcover, 32 pages
Expected publication: March 14th 2017 by Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
Source: Publisher

  1. The book was so cute it made me want to cry.
  2. Me, sobbing with a picturebook in my hand.
  3. It’s not as strange a picture as I would like to think.
  4. Anyway, Il Sung Na’s books are always light-hearted and warm. Bird, Balloon, Bear is no different.
  5. Bird wants to make friends with Bear but he/she/they is/are too shy and miss their chance.
  6. So Bear makes friends with the Balloon.
  7. It’s a picturebook; these things are perfectly acceptable.
  8. Anyway, Balloon is a rather delicate sort and sort of flakey. Things happen.
  9. A chance opens up again.
  10. This time Bird takes that chance.
  11. Happiness and friendship forever.
  12. Also, the prettiest art to accompany this delightful story.
  13. See examples below.
  14. I enjoyed this picturebook and my niece is (4 year old) is in love with it.
  15. Try it out for bedtime?

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