The Bear and the Moon

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$18.99  $17.66
Chronicle Books
Publish Date
9.6 X 10.7 X 0.5 inches | 1.1 pounds

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About the Author
Catia Chien was born and raised in São Paulo, Brazil, and now works 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. 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.
"Spare text and simple illustration will immerse listeners at story times in this quiet take on love and loss."-School Library Journal
"[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
"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
"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 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
"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
"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