Published November 15th 2016 by Dial Books
Format read: Finished copy
Bear longs to see color, but everything around his home at the North Pole is white, white, white. When a seagull brings a gift from a little girl, Bear falls in love with the colors in her painting, but it’s not enough. So the girl sets off in her boat to take the Bear on an adventure and help him see the colors up close. The pair visits familiar, colorful landmarks in countries around the world, from the windmills of Holland to the Egyptian pyramids to New York’s Statue of Liberty. And by the time they return to Bear’s polar home, Bear has learned to see color reflected all around him—especially the colors of the Northern Lights, which were there all along.
Author/illustrator Erin Eitter Kono introduces us to Bear, who is sad that the world he lives in lacks color. A well-meaning friend puts him in touch with a girl, who takes him on an adventure to see the colors of the world around him. But when he returns to his home, he soon realizes that his world is filled with just as much beauty...
Erin Eitter Kono's latest offering is magical, largely because it's a visually stunning tribute to how the world around us can be filled with color and adventure. As Bear and his new friend travel around the world, we see life and joy in things that we never would have expected, from the thrill of a red double-decker bus, to the greens of the sands around Egypt, to the blues of the Sydney Opera House.
Kono helps to inspire and intrigue with her illustrations, deftly taking the readers around the world in a few short pages. And even if the book is largely without dialogue, the sheer expressions of joy on Bear and his friend's faces, reminds readers of the true joy that comes with discovering the world at large.
The book concludes on a beautiful note, as Kono wisely reminds readers that even if the rest of the world holds a certain appeal, there's also magic at home. It's a great lesson for young readers to learn and muse over, and this book will likely find a place on many a shelf.