The Bear and the Wildcat
Written by Kazumi Yumoto and illustrated by Komako Sakai
One morning, Bear was crying.
His best friend, a little bird, was dead.
Spread from The Bear and the Wildcat. Illustration by Komako Sakai
This incredible book tells the story of Bear as he tries to come to terms with the loss of his best friend. He makes a little box for the bird, stains it with berry juice and lines it with petals, carrying it everywhere, unable to let go. His friends urge him to move on and 'forget about him', but Bear is not ready to do so.
Detail from The Bear and the Wildcat. Illustration by Komako Sakai
In this touching moment, the memories come flooding back to Bear, and he reflects on his time with little bird. In doing so he is able to find his way forward.