What would you do if you found a little polar bear in the garden? Perhaps ask a couple of questions, ‘Are you lost?’ or ‘Can I help you?’.
To begin with, the new arrival - with its ‘cloud-white fur’ and ‘black paws’ - that the young boy discovers in his garden is the perfect pocket-sized houseguest and makes for a wonderful playmate. But very quickly the bear outgrows palms, pockets and hats. It is time to take him home, to raise the anchor and to set sail across huge oceans, under vast skies. A long journey awaits and at the end it will be time to say goodbye and head back home…
Who wouldn’t want a polar bear as a best mate, one that fits into your pocket, tenderly nestles into your neck and lets you sit aboard as your sail through the ocean. In his latest book, Richard Jones takes us on a wonderful journey in an utterly gorgeous story about one boy and the polar bear that he finds in his garden. Themes of love, friendship, growing up and saying goodbye are accompanied by the most gorgeous artwork full of adventure, possibility and wonder.
Told over the course of a week, each passing day sees the polar bear grow bigger and the friendship and bond it shares with the boy grow stronger. The whole thing is gentle and kind and is as warm and as comforting as a cuddly embrace from a polar bear. From the immediate affection that the boy shows towards the bear as he gently cradles it in his hands to the tender moment when boy and bear must part, every page is sure to melt the heart and leave you feeling all warm and fuzzy inside.
With huge thanks to Simon & Schuster for the copy I received in exchange for an honest review.
Recommended for 3+.