The Bear and the Star
Acclaimed author Lola M. Schaefer and award-winning artist Bethanne Andersen explores themes of empathy, hope, and peace in this breathtaking picture book that will bring joy to the holidays as well as year round storytimes.
On a cold winter morning, Bear welcomes a new star to the sky and searches for the perfect tree—a majestic evergreen—under which to host a celebration for everyone to enjoy. Almost as if by magic, guests start to arrive. They are feathered, furry, scaled—on the wing, on four paws, on two feet. They are young and old. They bring gifts. They bring love. They bring hope for peace.
The Bear and the Star is a stunning picture book from acclaimed author Lola M. Schaefer and award-winning artist Bethanne Andersen. With a focus on understanding, empathy, community, and hope, it’s the ideal choice for family sharing during the holiday season and throughout the year.
Illustrated with painted strokes and deep, vibrant colors, the imagery is aligned with the winter season and creates an elegant picture book. While not outright religious/aligned with the holiday, the book is classified as a Christmas book, and it is easy to see why with the ultimate ending of peace set with a star and a message spread to all.
What I loved: Simple but elegant, this book will appeal to young children who will enjoy the soft words and vibrant illustrations as well as the many animals shown throughout. The snow falling over each image adds to the seasonal appeal.
Final verdict: Beautifully illustrated, this book has a simple message of peace and gathering that can be enjoyed by young children. With plenty of animals and things to look at, the book is an elegant and quick picture book read, great for the holiday season.