The Bear and the Little Green Thing

The Bear and the Little Green Thing
Publisher Name
Berbay Publishing
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Release Date
May 03, 2022
Jon Klassen meets Carson Ellis in this stunning debut shortlisted for the World Illustration Awards.
When the little green thing is dropped from the mouth of a bird, it finds an unexpected home – on the back of a bear. The little green thing just needs to convince the bear to let it stay. You might not think a little green thing has a lot to say, but this one does! 

It offers to provide great conversation, act as a gentle fan and protect the bear from intruders. In exchange, the little green thing receives warmth and safety. But when the seasons change, and it’s time for the little green sapling to become a big green tree, how will their friendship survive?

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Unlikely Friendship
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When a little green plant falls from the mouth of a bird, it finds its new home on the back of a bear. At first, the bear is annoyed and wants it gone, but the little green thing needs warmth and shelter from the cold. In exchange, the little green thing can offer the bear friendship and good conversations. Soon enough, a friendship blossoms until it's time for the little green thing to move on with the change of seasons.

THE LITTLE GREEN THING teaches that even brief encounters can have a big impact on people's lives. Even though Bear and The Little Green Thing's friendship is short-lived, it gives the seedling the time it needs to grow and Bear a friend he doesn't know he needs. The illustrations are dark and sometimes hard to decipher. It would be better for the green thing to be more of a vibrant color so it stands out against the dark fur of the bear. The friendship is inspiring and makes you look at interactions with others a bit differently because you never know who needs you in that moment.

Final Verdict: Overall, I would recommend this book to fans of animals, stories of an unlikely friendship, and inspirational ones to get you thinking outside of the box.
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