The Bear And The Piano by David LitchfieldThe Bear And The Piano by David Litchfield

The Bear And The Piano

byDavid Litchfield

Hardcover | April 5, 2016

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A gorgeously illustrated debut picture book about following your dreams and remembering your roots, from an exceptionally talented creator.One day, a bear cub finds something strange and wonderful in the forest. When he touches the keys, they make a horrible noise. Yet he is drawn back again and again. Eventually, he learns to play beautiful sounds, delighting his woodland friends. Then the bear is invited to share his sounds with new friends in the city. He longs to explore the world beyond his home, and to play bigger and better than before. But he knows that if he leaves, the other bears will be very sad . . . This gorgeously illustrated tale of following one's dreams reminds us of the value of friendship, wherever we go.
David Litchfield is the creator of The Bear and the Piano . He creates his unique, atmospheric artwork using a variety of traditional techniques, then digitally assembling the different elements. He lives in Bedford, in the United Kingdom, and you can learn more about him at
Title:The Bear And The PianoFormat:HardcoverDimensions:40 pages, 11.75 × 8.75 × 0.39 inPublished:April 5, 2016Publisher:Houghton Mifflin HarcourtLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0544674545

ISBN - 13:9780544674547


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it Sweet and very cute. Great children's picture book.
Date published: 2017-11-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just lovely! A charming story! Highly recommended!
Date published: 2017-08-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Bear and the Piano This book has a sweet message. It is well written and poignant.
Date published: 2017-02-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gorgeous! I literally had goosebumps reading this one. The illustrations are second to none!
Date published: 2016-11-18

Editorial Reviews

All the Wonders, Best of 2016 Picture Books Amazon Overall Top 20 Children's Books of 2016 Amazon, Best Children's Books of the Year Ages 3 to 5 Kirkus Best of 2016 School Library Journal's Fuse#8 Best of 2016 * Litchfield's multilayered mixed-media illustrations gracefully portray dappled forest groves, the energy of a packed concert hall, and the simultaneous bustle and solitude of city life. The bear's emotions-contentment, pride, uncertainty, relief-are captured with equal skill in a tenderly moving story about embracing one's potential while remembering one's roots." - Publishers Weekly, STARRED review * "This is one of those rare books that children can return to again and again through the years, each time finding new meaning appropriate to their varying ages and stages? Litchfield's poignant debut picture book celebrates both the wonders of wandering far in pursuit of one's dreams and the sweet comfort of returning home." - Kirkus, STARRED review "Litchfield's debut picture book is a visual feast. Using a variety of different techniques and then digitally assembling them, he has produced a story filled with verdant and luminous images that create an enchanting atmosphere." - School Library Journal "