The Bear and the Moon

Author:   Matthew Burgess ,  Catia Chien
Publisher:   Chronicle Books
ISBN:  

9781452171913


Pages:   52
Publication Date:   29 September 2020
Recommended Age:   From 3 to 5 years
Format:   Hardback
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The sky sends Bear a weightless gift - red as a berry, round like the moon, on a long silver string. When the gift of a balloon floats into Bear's life, the two companions embark on a journey of discovery as small as a clearing in the forest . . . and as deep as the sky. With emotive, lyrical text and radiant illustrations, Matthew Burgess and Catia Chien tell a compassionate tale of friendship and forgiveness that honours the small but profound world of the very young.

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Author:   Matthew Burgess ,  Catia Chien
Publisher:   Chronicle Books
Imprint:   Chronicle Books
Dimensions:   Width: 25.20cm , Height: 1.50cm , Length: 27.60cm
Weight:   0.490kg
ISBN:  

9781452171913


ISBN 10:   1452171912
Pages:   52
Publication Date:   29 September 2020
Recommended Age:   From 3 to 5 years
Audience:   Children/juvenile ,  Children / Juvenile
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In stock   Availability explained
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Burgess and Chien add savor to a simple story with visceral writing and elemental artwork. . . . Chien creates each spread with a sense of freshness. . . . Burgess writes with nimble emotionality. . . . together, the creators deliver an essential message of self-acceptance -Publishers Weekly, starred review Simply told but deep with transcendent truth, The Bear and the Moon demonstrates the value of shared grief and the importance of forgiving ourselves. -BookPage In the author's and illustrator's expert hands, readers are sure to feel lighter than air and ready for bed. The dreamy spread in which the bear receives his message from the moon is worth a mention all on its own, charming and cheerful as the rest of the book may be, as are velvety lavender endpapers featuring the balloon and the moon. [The Bear and the Moon i]s delightful as a balloon-but with more weight. -Kirkus Reviews, starred review Burgess' unassuming language is endearing. . . The pacing is flawless. . . Chien's hazy, atmospheric illustrations. . . employ playful perspectives. . . [The Bear and the Moon] packs an emotional punch, and not just for preschoolers: it's about no less than loss, self-forgiveness, and the ways in which memories can serve to mitigate grief. -The Horn Book Magazine, starred review


Burgess and Chien add savor to a simple story with visceral writing and elemental artwork. . . . Chien creates each spread with a sense of freshness. . . . Burgess writes with nimble emotionality. . . . together, the creators deliver an essential message of self-acceptance -Publishers Weekly, starred review


Burgess and Chien add savor to a simple story with visceral writing and elemental artwork. . . . Chien creates each spread with a sense of freshness. . . . Burgess writes with nimble emotionality. . . . together, the creators deliver an essential message of self-acceptance -Publishers Weekly, starred review Simply told but deep with transcendent truth, The Bear and the Moon demonstrates the value of shared grief and the importance of forgiving ourselves. -BookPage In the author's and illustrator's expert hands, readers are sure to feel lighter than air and ready for bed. The dreamy spread in which the bear receives his message from the moon is worth a mention all on its own, charming and cheerful as the rest of the book may be, as are velvety lavender endpapers featuring the balloon and the moon. [The Bear and the Moon i]s delightful as a balloon-but with more weight. -Kirkus Reviews, starred review Burgess' unassuming language is endearing. . . The pacing is flawless. . . Chien's hazy, atmospheric illustrations. . . employ playful perspectives. . . [The Bear and the Moon] packs an emotional punch, and not just for preschoolers: it's about no less than loss, self-forgiveness, and the ways in which memories can serve to mitigate grief. -The Horn Book Magazine, starred review Kids who've ever broken a favorite toy will relate to the bear who takes his 'squishable, huggable' red balloon (which he thinks is a gift from the moon) everywhere until it pops. His feelings-first determination to fix it, then sadness when he realizes he can't, and ultimately solace in the memory-are whimsically illustrated through a combination of charcoal, paint, and collage. -Parents Magazine In spare, inviting verse, professor/poet Burgess highlights the absorbing power of young friendship, emphasizing that time together is no measure for the depth of the bond. . . . Burgess finds an ideal collaborator Brazilian artist Catia Chien, who lives in New York City and whose mixed-media illustrations imbue every vibrantly swathed, expressive page with resonating emotive range. -Shelf Awareness for Readers [T]he messaging is sweet. . . and the elegance of Chien's artwork elevates the story to a steady place of beauty. . . This is a bedtime book to snuggle into. -Booklist


Author Information

Matthew Burgess is an assistant professor at Brooklyn College and a poet-in-residence in NYC schools through Teachers & Writers Collaborative. His award-winning first children's book, Enormous Smallness: A Story of E.E. Cummings, was a Junior Library Guild selection and an ALA Notable Children's Book. He lives in Brooklyn, New York. Catia Chien was born and raised in Sao Paulo, Brazil, surrounded by wild animals and tropical fruits. She graduated from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, with honours. Today, she is happily working as a children's book artist from her art studio in New York, with a view of the East River and an old pencil factory. Her children's book titles include an Ezra Jack Keats Honor winner, Things To Do, and an ALA Schneider Family Book award winner, A Boy And A Jaguar.

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