PUBLISHED: 2011, c2008
"One morning Bear was crying. His best friend, a little bird, was dead." Bear keeps little bird in a box, but no one understands until one day he meets an empathetic wild cat.
A touching picture book about loneliness, grief and loss, ending with a positive new beginning. It shows a way through paralysing grief and simultaneously tells the story of friendship and acceptance. Originally published in Japanese, the uncommon illustration technique (mostly black pencil) give the impression it is very old.
RATING: 4 stars