Raincoast Books – The Bear and the Piano

Bear and the PianoThere are children’s books. And then there are really good, very beautiful children’s books! Today, I have the privilege of letting you in on a secret. It’s one of those really good children’s books. I loved it. My kids loved it. Maybe that’s partly because we play piano in this house, but in any case, “The Bear and the Piano” by David Litchfield is a winner!

So this story begins with a little bear cub finding a strange thing in the middle of the forest. He touches it. And it makes an awful sound. But he’s drawn back to it and he keeps coming back until one day he’s a full grown grizzly bear and the strange thing was making beautiful sounds instead of awful sounds! Not surprisingly, there are also a bunch of other bears who come every day to listen.

When a girl and her father come by the clearing one day they are amazed and tell him that the strange thing is a piano and that he should go with them to the city and play “grand pianos in front of hundreds of people!” Now we all know how life is – change can be hard and yet exciting. To go or not to go? To stay with what’s familiar or to try something new? And sometimes we try something new and it’s great and fabulous and wonderful, but then, underneath it all, we really want to go back to what we used to do.

Well now, aren’t we getting philosophical? Haha! Kids books tend to do that to me. Seriously though, this book is a super neat book for kids and us adults can read a little more into about life and changes and decisions!

I’d like to include a few pictures for you so you can see just how fabulous this artist/illustrator is!

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Bear and Piano 3

See what I mean? I hardly feel like I can do this book justice with words! This is going to be the shortest review I’ve done on a book just because it’s so great I’m not sure how share that with you!

I appreciate Raincoast Books sharing this book with us! I’m sure it’s going to become a favorite. And a huge thanks to David Litchfield for stepping up to the book plate and hitting a home run!

If you’d like to add this book to your bookshelf, check out your local bookstore, I bet they’ll have it!  Otherwise, you can always look to Amazon or Chapters!


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  1. This looks like such a cute book 🙂

  2. The illustrations look lovely and the book looks great!

  3. Laurie P says:

    I love the illustrations too! Sounds like a beautiful story!

  4. Jamie hall says:

    This looks like a beautiful story

  5. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    What beautiful illustrations. I love the sound of this book and so would my grandson in Germany, he’s bilingual so English books are much appreciated.

  6. vickie couturier says:

    this looks like such a sweet book for kids

  7. Carole Dube says:

    Sounds like a great story, the illustrations is so beautiful! I would love to read it to my granddaughters!

  8. How fantastic those pictures are! I would have been engrossed for hours as a child with this book.

  9. DARLENE W says:

    A beautiful book that I would be eager to share with the grandkids

  10. Looks like a great book!

  11. kathy downey says:

    I love the illustrations sounds like a nice story line!

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