I was kindly sent a free copy of this book by the publisher Walker Books for a review. It’s another picture book with a lovely and sweet message, here is my review.
Bear and Squirrel live in a twisted old oak tree. Squirrel has never seen the snow, but Bear knows it is coming. When it arrives squirrel hopes to share it with Bear.
This is such a lovely and sweet story. Bear and Squirrel love to spend time together in the forest. When the snow starts to fall Squirrel is super excited and can’t wait to share his first experience of snow with Bear, but Bear gets ill and can’t go outside… I can’t say more or I’ll give away the ending, but it is a fun story which really warmed my heart. The story has a lovely tale of friendship. Bear and Squirrel live together so they are like family so the bond they share feels even stronger. Squirrel is like a child and Bear is like his parent.
The illustrations in this book are really lovely. Not only are they clear and sweet but I love the way some images look like simple pencilled drawings. I also love a clever trick visual half way through the book using a window. The book is wider and a little shorter than A4 size and each page is colourful and glossy. The cover of the book has a lovely effect when you tip it against the light, it shines, showing up the snowflakes as extra shiny and there are extra snowflakes visible on the back to the light.
I really love the story in this book and I think it would make the perfect picture book for Christmas.
From highly acclaimed picture book maker, Rachel Bright, comes a visually stunning, feel-good picture book filled with Yu Rong’s distinctive, awe-inspiring papercut artwork. The snow is coming – Bear can smell it! Squirrel is so excited – he’s never seen snow before! But when the snow arrives, Bear suddenly falls sick. Can Squirrel still bring some silvery, sparkly, magical whiteness to his best friend? Featuring a cut-out window in Squirrel’s oak tree home, giving readers a sneak-peek to the wintry world outside, this delicately-crafted book captures the cosy, cuddly feeling of sharing a snowy night with a loved one, and is the perfect read for parents and children to treasure together – at Christmas and all year round.