Synopses & Reviews
One day, Bear found something in the forest.
When Bear finds a lost stuffed toy bunny in the forest, he begins to worry. After all, the stuffed bunny must feel lonely and want to return safely to its owner and home! But as Bear diligently searches for the bunny's owner, posting notices high and low, he begins to grow attached to his newfound friend. What will happen when the bunny's owner finally comes forward? Was Bear meant to find Bunny all along? Prolific author/illustrator Salina Yoon's spare text and bright, energetic illustrations bring to life this endearing story celebrating love and friendship in many forms, reminding us that nothing is lost that is not meant to be found.
"This story will undoubtedly be celebrated for its lessons on honesty and responsibility, but that's not giving Yoon (Penguin in Love) enough credit: it's also a thoughtful, flawlessly executed exploration of theory of mind and emotional intelligence. A bear cub finds an abandoned toy stuffed rabbit, which promptly finds its way into his heart ('Bear thought it was the most special thing he had ever seen'). As much as Bear wants to keep the bunny, he also empathizes with the 'bunny's family' (they 'must be so worried') and the cuddly but impassive bunny itself. It's these feelings, rather than an obligatory or on-high dictate of 'right and wrong,' that propel Bear on a comprehensive search for bunny's owner an impressive show of competence, thoroughness, and agency that also enables Bear to endure when the owner comes forward. Yoon's simple, subtly textured shapes; bright colors; and eloquent, economic language invite readers to be part of the story without dictating how they should feel, making the happy ending all the more touching and satisfying. Ages 3 6. Agent: Jamie Weiss Chilton, Andrea Brown Literary Agency." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
A heartwarming tale about a familiar childhood mishap from award-winning author/illustrator Salina Yoon.
About the Author
SALINA YOON studied art and design at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. She never planned on writing books, but her illustrations demanded it. The need for words outweighed her fear of writing. Salina is an award-winning author/illustrator of more than 100 books for children, including Penguin and Pinecone, Penguin on Vacation, and Penguin in Love. She lives in San Diego with her family. www.salinayoon.com
Author location: San Diego, CA